Three people were sent to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on State Street in Bartholomew County. The crash closed State Street for a few hours during rush-hour.
Judy Jackson, spokesperson for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that deputies were called to the 4800 block of East
State Street at 3:35 p.m. When Deputy Adam Warner responded to the scene, he reported that four vehicles were involved in the crash.
Jackson says that investigators believe that a car driven by Ryan Mitchell, 18, of Dupont, was headed east on State Street when it crossed the center-line, causing the driver side of his vehicle to collide with the driver side of a vehicle being driven by Floyd Smith, 58, of North Vernon. Authorities say that collision caused Smith’s vehicle to spin into oncoming eastbound traffic and directly into the path of an SUV driven by Kevin Wiley, 41, of Holton, Indiana. A fourth vehicle, driven by Olivia Pavy, 19, of Bloomington, was traveling west when investigators say it was struck by Mitchell’s car, as it passed.
The Sheriff’s Department says that Wiley, Smith and Smith’s passenger, Jacob Cockerman, 30, of North Vernon, were taken to Columbus
Regional Hospital. Cockerman and Wiley were later transferred to hospitals in Indianapolis, say authorities. Jackson says that Mitchell and Pavy were uninjured and refused treatment at the scene.