Man sustains non-life-threatening injuries in bicycle wreck


Police said the lack of light reflectors on the rear of a bicycle was a contributing factor to a wreck that left a North Vernon man injured early Tuesday.

Christopher Shane Odell, 18, sustained injuries to his leg after he was hit by a vehicle from behind driven by Heaverin Douglas Jr., 44, of Seymour in the 12000 block of East U.S. 50.

Odell was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Douglas and two cyclists were headed eastbound on the highway when Douglas swerved into the westbound lane in an attempt to avoid hitting the two, but he couldn’t avoid Odell, according to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer J.L. McElfresh.

The impact threw Odell from his bicycle, and he became trapped under the vehicle when his leg was trapped under the bumper. The Seymour Fire Department was called to the scene and used extrication equipment to free him.

Douglas’ vehicle came to a stop in a ditch on the north side of the highway near the westbound lane.

A nearby resident called police around 5 a.m. and reported the wreck.

The incident delayed traffic in the area as the westbound lane was closed during the extraction.

McElfresh investigated the wreck and was assisted by the Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Seymour Fire Department and Hampton Towing.

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