Police: Columbus teen hurt in crash

Police said a Bartholomew County teen was lucky to escape a wreck without serious injury after a Freightliner rammed into the back of the truck she was driving Monday in Jackson County.

Halie Mouser, 19, of Columbus, was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour complaining of head and back pain after she crawled out of a window following the two-vehicle wreck a couple of miles south of Reddington, according to a news release from Officer Rick Meyer of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said the crash was reported at 2:37 p.m. Monday at U.S. 31 and County Road 800N.

Mouser was driving a 1995 Nissan truck southbound on U.S. 31 and turning east onto County Road 800N, and a 2013 Freightliner, driven by Jimmy Riley, 39, of Bedford, Kentucky, was behind her, Meyer reported.

Riley told police he did not see the Nissan truck stopping and turning in front of him before he ran into the back of it without braking.

The Freightliner pushed the truck approximately 50 yards off the roadway before coming to a stop. The whole bed of the Nissan truck was pushed in against the cab, but Mouser was able to crawl out of the driver’s-side window and escape the vehicle on her own, Meyer said.

Mouser was taken to Schneck by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, and Riley did not receive medical treatment.

Police said U.S. 31 was partially blocked for a couple of hours while the Freightliner owned by Mason and Mefford Partnership of Madison was towed by the company. The Nissan truck was towed by 31 Wrecker Service.