2018-09-12 / Front Page

Local victims identified in Baseline Road accident

Nicole DeCriscio and Keith Rhoades

The actions of one Owen County resident may have saved the lives of two children involved in an accident along Baseline Road on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Autumn Wray was sitting on her porch, talking on the phone when she watched a vehicle speed along the road in front of her house.

“When they got just in front of my house I knew they were going way too fast,” Wray said.

She watched as the vehicle hit a grassy median and became airborne.

“I could hear branches snapping,” Wray said.

She called 9-1-1 as the vehicle went down an embankment of more than 100 feet.

The single-car accident resulted in the death of three adults from Cloverdale.

Morgan County Coroner Annette Butcher released the names of the deceased as Brett Bundy, 28, the driver of the vehicle, and two female passengers, Jami N. Kinsler, 27, and Cassedy Brown, 25.

Two children, both males, ages 4 and 8, survived.

According to the coroner, Bundy was the father of both boys. The two were transported by helicopters from the scene to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and are in stable condition as of Tuesday.

Wray is credited with saving the lives of the two boys.

“It’s just all God,” Wray said. “God put me where he wanted me.” She said the mother of the boys has reached out to her, wanting to meet.

The crash report from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is pending.

Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said at this time, speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

He said a reconstructionist was called, but there were no marks on which to base an investigation.

Downey said in the case of a fatal or serious crash, state law requires a toxicology test be done on the driver of a vehicle.

The location where the crash occurred is at the intersection of County Line Road, Baseline Road, and Drunkard’s Pike in Owen County.

Porter Cave, in Owen County, is next to the location of the crash.

County Line Road turns into Baseline Road and curves downhill to the left.

Where the car left the road is a deep ravine that drops about 150 feet to the bottom.

After leaving the road, the vehicle reportedly rolled several times. Several of the passengers were reportedly ejected.

The area where the vehicle went off the road is remote, with no homes close to it. There were no obvious marks where the vehicle went off the road.

Paragon Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Will Davis said the marks left by the vehicle hitting the trees were about 15 feet in the air.

The first officers on the scene had difficulty finding the crash site. Once it was located, rescue crews raced to the scene.

Davis estimated that around 80 people took part in rescuing the boys and removing the bodies of the adults.

Davis had praise for everyone involved in the rescue of the children.

“We had a lot of people from many agencies who responded and helped,” he said.

Davis said everybody worked together to get the children out of the wreckage and to waiting medical helicopters.

Downey said the children were rescued from the vehicle within two hours after the crash, and that responders were on scene for about five and one-half hours.

Emergency responders from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Emergency Medical Service, Martinsville Fire Department, Ashland and Adams Fire Department, Gosport Fire Department, Owen County Emergency Medical Service, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Curtis Garage all assisted at the scene. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is handling the crash report.

Neighbors unhappy

Monday morning, as word of the crash spread, residents who live in the area made the trip to the crash scene. Several described the area as “no man’s land.”

County Line Road begins at Wilson Road north of Lewisville. At Lewisville, it turns into County Line Road and goes south until it runs into Baseline Road.

They said to the west of County Line is Owen County and east is Morgan County. Being right on the line makes it hard, they said, to get things done.

County Line Road is a straight stretch of road. Speeding, they say, is a constant problem. And missing signs are also a problem. Some felt there should be more signage on the road, but others said the signs are taken as fast as they go up.

There was some discussion on installing a guardrail along the road.

Davis said it looked like the vehicle was airborne as it ran off the road. He felt a guardrail would not have stopped it from going into the ravine.

Some say there is a problem on Baseline Road due to new paving.

A large stretch of Baseline has been paved and does not have center lines on hit.

Morgan County Commissioner Norman Voyles said missing road signs are a problem countywide.

“I guess some people want to hang a sign in the home,” he said.

As for striping, Voyles said the county hires a company to do the work. It will be up to the county engineer to decide when the work would be done.

Since the accident has garnered significant media attention and generated public interest, Wray asked that those who come out to see the scene of the accident bring a reflector to stick into the ground both in memory of the three individuals killed in the accident and to prevent another tragedy.

She also offered the following advice to all drives, particularly younger ones: “Take your time please. Do not ever rush.”

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