2 hurt in pair of crashes

Police had a busy Sunday afternoon after two separate personal-injury wrecks were reported within a period of just more than two hours in the Seymour area.

The drivers in the crashes, Michael Allen Greathouse, 30, of Seymour, and Olivia Bell, 17, of Dupont, were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour after they both complained of pain, according to a news release from Reserve Officer Scott Davis with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The first wreck occurred around 2 p.m. at Enos Road and County Road 100E near Rockford and involved a white Ford Fusion driven by Greathouse.

Davis said Greathouse was traveling westbound on Enos Road when he reached to pick something up from the passenger seat of the car.

While doing so, the vehicle went off the north side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Greathouse was taken to the hospital after complaining of arm pain, police said.

The second crash was reported around 4:23 p.m. on U.S. 50 near County Road 1225E.

Davis said Bell was traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 near Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge when she reached for something and then overcorrected her black Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

The van hydroplaned on melting snow and then slid off the south side of the roadway, struck a sign and a mailbox and rolled three times before coming to rest on the passenger side, Davis reported.

Davis said Bell was able to walk away from the crash but was transported to the hospital after complaining of pain in her neck and back.

County Sgt. Stan Darlage, Officer Dustin Steward and Reserve Officer Greg Murphy assisted Davis with the crash investigations along with officers from Seymour Police Department and Indiana State Police.