Woman listed in good condition following wreck


A Freetown woman involved in a recent two-vehicle wreck is listed in good condition at an Indianapolis hospital, a spokesperson said Wednesday morning.

Seneca R. McKinney, 47, remains at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after being flown there following a wreck near North County Road 225E and State Road 258 just outside of Cortland.

Around 2:45 a.m. April 24, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Zach Elliott responded to the area for a head-on collision between a semitrailer and a Jeep.

Upon his arrival, Elliott said an Indiana State Police off-duty trooper was near the red 2006 Jeep off of the roadway, and the vehicle had extensive damage to the front end. The semitrailer was up the roadway and off into a field.

Elliott said he assisted with keeping the driver of the Jeep, later identified as McKinney, in place so firefighters could cut her out of the vehicle. He said McKinney’s legs were pinned under the dash cluster, and she was not able to move them at all.

The state trooper was able to get the seat belt cut to help make McKinney more comfortable. Elliott said McKinney stated the seat belt was cutting into her, making it difficult to breathe.

Once firefighters and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived, they had to break the passenger-side window of the Jeep to get inside to tend to McKinney, Elliott said.

Firefighters were able to get McKinney out of the vehicle and place her onto a stretcher. EMS personnel then transported her by ambulance to a helicopter that had landed on the nearby highway.

Elliott then went to the semitrailer to assist that driver, identified as Lynn I. Tiemeyer, 65, of Vallolnia. Elliott said Tiemeyer was complaining of leg pain but was able to get out of the truck on the passenger side with help because the driver’s-side door would not open.

Tiemeyer then was transported by a family member to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour to be checked out, Elliott said.

Also assisting at the scene was sheriff’s department Officer Brad Barker.

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