Three injury accidents occurring between February 25 and 27 occurred in Scottsburg, police records revealed.
The first was reported just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, on State Road 56 202 feet east of Main Street in downtown Scottsburg.
Drivers were Mark D. Self, 36, Scottsburg, and Teresa L. Cantu, 48, Seymour. Self was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200, while Cantu was behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevy Equinox.
Self told Sgt. Joe Nicholson that he was eastbound and did not realize Cantu was slowing down. Self struck the rear of the Equinox, causing under $1,000 damage. Unfortunately, Cantu's passenger, Stephen Pierson, 68, Seymour, experienced neck pain following the crash. No apparent medical care at the scene was indicated on the accident report.
Cause of the accident was cited as driver distraction.
The most serious accident happened at 5:25 p.m. on Friday, February 26, on U.S. Highway 31 North at Vest Street.
Patrolman Trevis Burr and Sgt. Rodney Watts were dispatched to the scene as were Scott County EMS technicians and First Responders with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Motorcyclist Todd J. Hook, 24, Scottsburg, was riding a 1973 Honda northbound on U.S. 31 when a 2001 Ford Ranger operated by Betty J. Caudill, 52, Austin, pulled out from Vest St. to go south on the highway. Caudill later told Ptl. Burr she did not see Hook.
The Ranger struck the motorcyclist on the side of the Honda, tossing Hook and the motorcycle into the southbound lanes.
Hook's leg was severely injured. He was stabilized by EMS staff and First Responders and then taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was still being treated on Monday, February 29.
Caudill was not injured. Property damage was listed at up to $5,000.
A Scottsburg man was injured in a crash on Saturday evening, February 27, on S.R. 56 West at the I-65 interchange.
Sgt. Steven Herald and Sgt. Nicholas were dispatched to the scene, located just before the I-65 overpass in the westbound lanes.
Information from the two drivers and a witness indicated that Jared W. Lucas, 21, Austin, was driving a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck which was pulling a trailer. He was eastbound at the traffic light, waiting to turn left onto northbound I-65.
Lucas said he saw the other vehicle, identified as a 2012 Kia Sedona SUV being driven by Gabriel E. Land, 38, Scottsburg, as it left a liquor store parking lot, but Lucas related that he thought he had plenty of time to make his turn across the westbound lanes.
He did not. Though the pickup cleared the lane, the trailer was struck by the Sedona. A witness's statement described a similar scene.
Land experienced back pain after the impact and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene.
Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Sgt. Herald.
Then, the Sheriff's Department got busy, investigating three injury accidents between Friday, March 4, and Sunday, March 6.
Deputies Josh Watterson, Joe Johnson and Joe Guarneri were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 1,000 feet north of Crothersville Road at 12:41 a.m. that Friday.
There, they found a wrecked 2000 Mazda 626 but not its driver, who was later identified as Gregory L. Baker, 49, Austin.
Baker told Deputy Watterson that he had been headed south on Bogardus Rd. when his car left the road, traveling down an embankment and hitting a utility pole. Baker said he managed to get out of the car and climbed back up on the road, where he was picked up by a woman, who drove him to her home before emergency crews arrived on the scene.
The incident is still under investigation.
Baker's injuries were described as incapacitating on the officer's report, and he was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 including the utility pole, which is owned by Jackson County REMC.
The second mishap on Friday, which occurred just before noon, was the worst of the three, causing what was described as severe head injuries to a passenger in one of the vehicles.
This accident happened when a westbound semi-tractor-trailer operated by Joseph Humes, 57, Kings Mountain, N.C., was turning north off of State Road 356 onto Tombstone Drive. Humes slowed to make the turn, allowing the driver's side of the semi-trailer flatbed to remain partially in the westbound lane, according to Deputy Paul Clute's report.
Willard Gay, 65, Scottsburg, was driving west on S.R. 356 in his 1990 Ford Ranger with a friend, Everitt Hargis, 65, Henryville. According to the report, Gay's Ranger hit the trailer on the passenger side, then went out of control and into a ditch on the highway's south side.
The impact, Deputy Clute related, caused the passenger side of the Ranger's cab to cave in on Hargis, causing head injuries to the Henryville man. He was trapped inside the wreckage. Gay also suffered from heavy facial bleeding.
Both men were assisted by Scott County EMS and then transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Their conditions are not known.
Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.
Deputies James Shelton and Rex Herald worked an accident before 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, near where the first of the trio had happened on Friday.
They were dispatched to Bogardus Road about 500 feet south of Crothersville Road.
Driver William S. Combs, 20, Austin, said he attempted to brake as he was traveling south on Bogardus Rd. and approaching Crothersville Rd. Unfortunately, his brakes failed, and he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle in front of him being driven by Ronald Lamb, Austin. Lamb, it was learned, had just turned onto Bogardus Rd. from the other road.
Combs' 1991 Chevy pickup left the road on its east side, tore through a fence and struck a small tree at the bottom of a hill.
Combs suffered a possible injury to his knee/lower leg/foot. He was transported to the local hospital for treatment.
Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 including the privately-owned fence.