Officers with the Scottsburg Police Department and Sheriff's Department investigated three injury traffic accidents which occurred within 14 hours of each other on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6.
Two accidents in Scottsburg happened nearly within an hour of each other on Friday, records revealed.
The first occurred at 8:41 a.m. on Moonglo Road at Wilson Road. Major Richey Barton and Sgt. Joe Nicholson were dispatched to the site, finding an injured motorcyclist, Bradley S. Williams, 27, Scottsburg, and a Time Warner Cable TV employee, Benjamin W. Brewer, 30, Pekin.
Brewer gave a statement at the scene, saying he was checking overhead cable lines as he traveled east on Moonglo Rd. in his 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup truck when the collision between the 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle and truck occurred.
Williams was thrown from the cycle, landing off the road in a grassy lot on the roads' northeast corner. He suffered a possible broken pelvis and/or leg and was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel. It was reported that he was later transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he underwent surgery the same day.
Contributing factors in the mishap were listed as a failure to yield the right-of-way and improper turning.
Maj. Barton estimated property damage to be up to $10,000.
At 9:39 a.m., Sgt. Nicholson, Major Barton and Patrolman Troy Ford were dispatched to another injury accident, which happened on State Road 56 (West McClain Avenue) at Meridian Street.
In this accident, drivers were Shirley J. Fox, 72, Scottsburg, and semi-tractor-trailer operator Jason E. Rihm, 43, Cambridge City.
Fox was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, which she had brought to a halt at the intersection. She was trying to cross the highway and continue north. Eastbound S.R. 56 was backed up with traffic because of a construction project further east at S.R. 56 and Bond Street.
An eastbound motorist stopped at the scene and gave a statement to Sgt. Nicholson, saying he was trying to tell the woman not to enter the highway because of a westbound semi rig. Fox said she interpreted his motions that the way was clear for her to enter S.R. 56.
The Sebring hit the side of Rihm's cab as Fox attempted to cross the road.
Fox suffered facial pain and was assisted at the scene by Scott County EMS and then taken to Scott Memorial. Rihm was not injured.
Property damage was listed at up to $10,000 from the mishap.
A little under 14 hours later, 12:34 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, an accident happened on State Road 356 south of Scottsburg which sent Deputy Jac Sanders to the site.
There, he found two vehicles severely damaged from a crash, a black 2014 Dodge Dart driven by Shae D. Henson, 18, Scottsburg, and a 2004 Chevy Impala driven by Kaylan E. Hendrix, 28, Lexington.
According to statements made by the drivers, Henson was driving west on S.R. 356 and thought that he had time to turn into a driveway at 6553 East S.R. 356.
Unfortunately, he did not. When he turned left in front of the Impala, it struck the Dart. Both cars bounced off the highway from the impact. Deputy Sanders noted in his report that Henson had suffered both head and arm wounds in the mishap, but he refused treatment by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. Hendrix had an ankle injury and was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital by the ambulance crew.
While the injured were being treated, the Impala caught fire. Deputy Sanders used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.