Sheriff’s department investigating two wrecks on Slygo Hill

Two separate wrecks Thursday along the same stretch of State Road 250 just east of Brownstown left three county residents hospitalized, police report.

The first wreck, reported at 9:32 a.m. in the area of Slygo Hill, involved a Ford F-550 driven by John Sluss, 31, of Medora and a John Deere tractor driven by Skyler Stahl, 22, of Brownstown, according to a news release from Sheriff Rick Meyer.

Sluss was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated by personnel with the Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department. He was treated for lower leg injuries by medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for further treatment, Meyer said.

He said Sluss sustained his injuries as he was driving west on State Road 250 before meeting and colliding with Stahl’s tractor.

At the time of the wreck, heavy rain was falling, Meyer said. Cleanup and investigation of the wreck forced the closure of State Road 250 for more than an hour and a half.

The second wreck occurred just minutes after State Road 250 reopened from the earlier crash, Meyer said.

That wreck, reported at 12:44 p.m. in the same area, involved a Kenworth semitrailer driven by John Zeller of Florence, Kentucky, and a Toyota Highlander driven by Thomas Nolting of Brownstown.

Meyer said Nolting was driving east when he saw Zeller’s semitrailer sliding sideways westbound on State Road 250 and was unable to avoid a collision.

The impact pushed Nolting’s SUV off of the roadway before it came to a stop.

Nolting and his wife, Mary Nolting, where treated by ambulance personnel before being taken to Schneck. The extent of their injuries was not available Friday morning.

Meyer said Zeller’s vehicle likely hit a slick spot caused by the previous wreck. The roadway also was still wet from heavy rains.

State Road 250 was closed for approximately eight hours after the wreck for cleanup.

Officers with the Brownstown Police Department assisted with both wrecks.

Personnel with 31 Wrecker Service and Dave’s Body Shop and Towing helped with clearing the road and removing the vehicles from both wrecks. Indiana Department of Transportation personnel also were involved in cleanup from the second crash.