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Three-Vehicle Crash Sends One Driver To Hospital On May 31st


ISP Troopers and Putnam County Emergency Agencies were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 231 just south of Interstate 70. The May 31st crash resulted in injuries to one driver. (Photo Courtesy of ISP) ISP Troopers and Putnam County Emergency Agencies were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 231 just south of Interstate 70. The May 31st crash resulted in injuries to one driver. (Photo Courtesy of ISP) On Friday, May 31, at 11:56 a.m., Indiana State Police Troopers and Putnam County emergency agencies were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 231, just south of Interstate 70. The crash resulted in injuries to one driver.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck, driven by James A.R. Wells, 18, of Poland, was southbound on U.S. 231 and attempted to make a left turn onto County Road 900 South. In doing so, he drove into the path of a northbound 1995 GMC Jimmy, operated by William G. Gray, 53, of Spencer. After collid- ing, the Ford Ranger came to rest on the driver’s side with the rear of the truck striking a 1997 Winnebago Motor Home, driven by Jerry W. Mann, 67, of Greencastle. The Mann vehicle was stopped for a red light on CR 900 S westbound at U.S. 231. Both the GMC Jimmy and Ford Ranger were considered a total loss. The Winnebago sustained minor damage.

James A. R. Wells was initially transported to Putnam County Hospital with head and neck injuries and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for advanced treatment. A 21-year-old male passenger in the Wells’ vehicle reported no injuries. William

Gray reported minor pain and sought his medical treatment. Jerry Mann reported no injuries. James Wells was cited for Failure to Yield the Right of Way and Failure to Use Passenger Restraint.

The crash was investigated by Master Trooper Hans Nowak. He was assisted by ISP Troopers Sergeant Joe Watts and Master Trooper Gary Winters, Putnam County Sheriff ’s Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Cloverdale Police Department, and Cloverdale Fire/Rescue.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

It has been determined alcohol was not a factor.

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