2 flown to hospitals after wrecks


Banner staff reports

Two motorists, one from Tennessee and the second from Seymour, were flown to regional hospitals after sustaining injured in separate wrecks over the weekend in rural parts of Jackson County.

The most recent wreck involved Katelynn Wade of Tennessee who was flown to hospital in Louisville for treatment of a severe leg injury, according to a news report from Jackson County Officer Clint Burham.

Burcham said Wade, formerly of the Brownstown area, was injured Saturday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving left the road, went into a deep ditch and hit a tree in the Freetown area.

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Rescue workers arriving at the scene in the 3200 block of North State Road 135 found Wade lying across the front seats of the vehicle, Burcham said, and she was unable to get out because of the leg injury.

Brownstown Volunteer Firefighter Brad Barker helped Burcham and county Officer Jeff Walters pry open the passenger door to free Wade. She was treated by medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Service and taken to a temporary landing zone at State Road 135 and State Road 58 so she could be flown by air ambulance to Louisville.

Officer Stan Darlage and Pershing Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the wreck, which remains under investigation.

A second investigation involving a wreck Friday night west of Retreat that left a Jackson County man hospitalized in Indianapolis also continues, police said.

David Brasher II, 46, of Seymour was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services. He later was flown by StatFlight from Seymour to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Brasher was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to a news release from Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer, alcohol may have played a factor in the wreck that saw the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu Brasher was driving south in the 4700 block of South County Road 700E become airborne after cresting a hill.

The vehicle first left the west side of the road, crossed over to the east side of the road and into a row of corn, Meyer said. The vehicle continued south, hitting a mailbox and two newspaper boxes before severing a Jackson County REMC pole, Meyer said.

The vehicle then came to rest on the road.

Meyer and others officers responding to the wreck, reported at 7:38 p.m. Friday, found Brasher sitting in the driver’s seat. He was bleeding from the face but was able to talk with emergency responders.

Meyer said the vehicle traveled about 1,000 feet after it first left the road in the rural area northwest of Crothersville.

Emergency personnel with Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jay Newberry, chief of the Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department, assisted with the treatment of Brasher and cleanup. Howard’s Wrecker helped with the cleanup and towed the vehicle.

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