A total of five people were injured in three recent accidents that have happened recently, all on U.S. Highway 31.
The first occurred Tuesday afternoon, August 30, at County Line Road in Underwood. A second accident took place on Monday, September 5, south of Scott Memorial Hospital.
On Tuesday afternoon, August 30, a 2003 Toyota Tacoma struck the rear of a 1995 Dodge pickup truck on U.S. Highway 31 South and County Line Road.
Drivers were identified as Mark R. Amos, 55, Henryville, and James M. Bougher, 52, Charlestown.
Bougher had to abruptly brake his pickup because of a slowing vehicle in front of him, Deputy Jac Sanders was told. When he did so, Amos in the Tacoma hit the pickup's rear.
Bougher experienced neck pain after the crash and was transported by Scott County EMS to the hospital in Scottsburg as was one of his two passengers, Ty A. Hicks, 27, Charlestown, who had head pain. Another passenger in the truck, Mark Tully of Charlestown, was checked by EMS personnel at the scene. Amos was also not injured.
Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000 by Deputy Sanders. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by wrecker.
Of the six accidents worked by Scottsburg police since September 2, two involved injuries.
The first mishap occurred at 9:21 a.m. on Labor Day, September 5, on U.S. 31 North at Carla Lane.
According to information gathered by Sgt. Rodney Watts and Lt. Mike Nichols, Hans J. Boettcher, 75, Scottsburg, was cycling with southbound traffic when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Chevy Cavalier driven by Alyssa J. Collins, 18, Austin.
Boettcher suffered abrasions to a knee and lower leg, while Collins experienced abdominal pain following the accident. Both were transported by Scott County EMS to Scott Memorial Hospital just north of the accident site.
Property damage was estimated by Sgt. Watts to be up to $2,500.
On Tuesday, September 6, a crash happened on U.S. 31 South at South Lake Road. Drivers were Gregory L. Whitsitt, 29, Scottsburg, and Kevin R. Abbott, 48, Memphis.
According to statements taken from the drivers and two witnesses, Whitsitt disregarded the traffic signal at the intersection and attempted to turn left onto U.S. 31 in his 2007 Toyota Prius. Abbott was northbound and struck the Prius with his 2005 Ford F250 pickup truck. The pickup was pulling a hay baler.
Whitsitt suffered a possible upper shoulder/arm injury in the mishap. He was treated at the scene by Scott County EMS and then transported to Scott Memorial. Abbott was not injured, according to Lt. Mike Nichols' report.
The report also indicated that Whitsitt was charged with a felony.
Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000. Capt. David Hardin assisted Lt. Nichols at the scene.