Crash with semi hospitalizes Columbus man

A Columbus man was hospitalized after a crash with a semi-truck in Jennings County.

Lt. Randall Marshall, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that officers were called to the intersection of State Road 7 and State Road 750 at 10:41 a.m. Monday. Police say that a car driven by 77-year-old William Thompkins was northbound on State Road 7 and collided with a semi driven by 53-year-old Randy Perkinson, of Vernon, who was traveling west on the 750 Bypass.

Lt. Marshall cites witnesses who say that Thompkins’ vehicle ran a red light, striking the side of the semi’s trailer. The car then became lodged under the trailer and was dragged west of the intersection before the semi could get stopped. He says that both vehicles then caught on fire. North Vernon Police say that several people stopped and helped to fight the blaze until officers and firefighters arrived.

Lt. Marshall says that Thompkins had to be cut from the car. He was to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital before being transferred to St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis. His condition has not been released.