Five hurt in wreck on U.S. 50 east of Seymour


Five people were injured Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 east of Seymour near the Jackson County line with Jennings County, police report.

One of the five, Diane Jackson, was treated at the scene by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel before being taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, according to a news release issued Thursday evening by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

She was later transferred to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition.

Jackson’s place of residence was not listed, although she was a passenger in a 2019 Ford truck being driven by Kenneth Miller, 39, of Seymour. That truck, which also held Jaime Miller, 42, and Thomas Jackson, 73, both of Seymour, was being driven west by Miller when it was hit head-on by a 2000 Ford Ranger being driven east by a 17-year-old female, police said.

Miller was trapped in the truck and had to be extricated by Seymour firefighters before being treated and taken to Schneck. He also was transferred to Methodist.

The 17-year-old female, whose name and place of residence were not released, also was treated and taken to Schneck by Jackson County EMS personnel and then transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Miller and Thomas Jackson were taken to Schneck by private vehicle for treatment of their injuries, police said.

The preliminary investigation shows the 17-year-old female was driving the Ford Ranger east when her vehicle left the south side of the road, police said. She then overcorrected and went across the eastbound lane into the westbound lane, hitting Miller’s vehicle head-on.

Miller’s truck then left the north side of the road before spinning to a stop in a field. The girl’s truck came to a stop in the westbound lane of U.S. 50.

U.S. 50 was closed between County Road 1250E and the Jennings County line for about an hour during the investigation and cleanup. Toxicology results are pending for both drivers, police said.

County Officer J.L. McElfresh investigated the crash along with county officers Brad Barker and Jordan Hawn and county Reserve Officer John Hinton and Indiana State Police troopers. Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel and Hampton Towing also assisted at the scene.

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