Three seriously injured in State Road 7 accident

Three people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision Sunday on State Road 7 in southern Bartholomew County, police report.

The initial investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Clayton Saltzman indicates that at about 7:30 p.m, a 2003 Toyota Camry being driven southbound on State Road 7 near Stephen Drive by Ty Woodson, 23, of North Vernon crossed the centerline into the path of a 2009 Honda Odyssey being driven north by Trisha Carman, 39, of Columbus.

The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest in the roadway, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the ISP Versailles Post.

Wheeles said Woodson, whose vehicle caught fire, was flown to an Indianapolis area hospital with serious injuries.

Carman was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Health before being flown to an Indianapolis area hospital for further treatment. A passenger in Carman’s vehicle, Amberly Carman, 9, was flown from the scene to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of serious injuries.

The evidence indicated neither driver was wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash, Wheeles said.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, he said. Toxicology results on both drivers are pending. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office for review for potential charges.

State Road 7 was closed for approximately two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

Saltzman was assisted at the scene by additional troopers from the Versailles Post and Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.

Personnel with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Township Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Scipio-Geneva Township Fire Department, Jennings County EMS and Columbus Regional Health EMS also assisted at the scene.