Two separate vehicular accidents east of Austin happening on State Road 256 injured a total of seven people, two of which were small children.
In the first crash, a 2001 Honda Accord being driven east by 16-year-old Moriah L. Gibson Berger apparently swerved shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, July 11, while coming around a curve 300 feet west of New Frankfort Road. The car went across the center and struck a westbound 2014 GMC Yukon operated by Melissa Robinson, 51, Deputy. The accident was described as a “sideswipe.”
Both the Honda and the SUV went off the road. Deputies Jac Sanders and Josh Watterson and Reserve Deputy B.J. Best found them on opposite sides of the highway beyond the point of impact.
Scott County EMS was summoned. Technicians transported Berger and her front seat passenger, Threnton A. Hearon, 15, Scottsburg, to Scott Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Berger suffered facial and neck injuries, and Hearon experienced neck pain.
Another, unidentified passenger in the Berger car who had been seated in the back of the Honda was treated at the scene for injuries to his mouth.
Berger was cited for two infractions, one for not having her learner's permit with her and a second for driving left of center.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Total property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.
Five more accidents happened during the week, but none involved injuries, though one was interesting.
Joshua L. Klossner, 31, Scottsburg, was driving south on U.S. Highway 31 during a driving rainstorm late Friday afternoon, July 15. As he negotiated the wet road, a tree fell on top of his 1999 Dodge Durango about 300 feet north of Everitt Road.
Klossner was not hurt in the incident, but the tree fell with force and caused up to $10,000 damage to his vehicle.
Possible brake failure may have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash that occurred just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, on S.R. 256 at its intersection with Terry Road.
Derrek S. Chapman, 18, was driving a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo south on Terry Rd. He told Deputy Josh Watterson that he applied the brakes as he came to the intersection with S.R. 256 but his car continued on and was struck in the front passenger fender by a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by Roy Coomer, 61, Deputy.
Chapman refused treatment at the scene, but three people in the Coomer car were treated for injuries. Coomer experience pain in his shoulder/upper arm. Two children, Ethan Coomer, 1, and Derrek Spicer, 3, were in child restraint devices, but were listed with possible, unspecified injuries. All were transported by Scott County EMS ambulance to Scott Memorial.
Chapman's passenger in the front seat, Charles S. Robinson, 18, Scottsburg, was described as having neck pain. He too refused treatment at the scene.
Property damage from the mishap was estimated at up to $25,000, including landscaping at a church on the southeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on that corner after impact.