Man, youth hospitalized after wreck in Brownstown


A two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Main and Commerce streets in Brownstown sent a man and a child to the hospital, police said.

Michael Bush, 49, of Freetown was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment and was released after Wednesday’s wreck, said Joe Kelly, assistant chief of the Brownstown Police Department.

A child who was a passenger in the Pontiac G6 that Bush was driving was flown by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. Kelly said the child was treated for minor injuries and was released.

Kelly said the wreck was reported at 3:04 p.m. shortly after school was dismissed in Brownstown.

Once on scene, Brownstown Officer Jessiah Watts said he spoke with the driver of a Chevrolet Traverse, Connie Hiatt, 65, of Brownstown. She told him she was traveling south on Main Street, and when she entered the intersection, she hit Bush’s vehicle. She told Watts when she saw the Pontiac, it was too late and she was not able to avoid hitting it.

Hiatt told Watts she had the green light when she went through the intersection.

Watts said Bush’s vehicle had severe damage on the passenger side, and Hiatt’s vehicle had severe damage to the front end.

Bush and the child were transported from the scene for head injuries, Watts said.

When he arrived at Schneck, Watts said he spoke to Bush, who said the westbound lane of Commerce Street where he was driving had the green light and that the car in front of him already had proceeded through the intersection. As he entered the middle of the intersection, Bush said his vehicle was struck on the passenger side with no time to react, Watts said.

Kelly said witnesses gave conflicting reports on what happened. The investigation is ongoing.

Assisting Watts and Kelly at the scene were Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers, Indiana State Police troopers and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

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