Airbags deploy in Jeep-vs-car accident

From Local Sources

BIRDSEYE — Total damage topped $10,000 in a Jeep-versus-passenger car accident Friday night at Birdseye.

Ethan W. Summers, 27, Leavenworth, was eastbound on Kings Ridge Road at Berg’s Lane in a 2017 Jeep Renegade at the time of the 9:23 p.m. accident, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said Summers’ Jeep went left of center in a curve along the roadway where there are no lane markings as a westbound 2018 Toyota Camry driven by Joel E. Schwartz, 34, Birdseye, approached.

A deputy said the Summer Jeep struck the Schwartz Toyota nearly head on with the passenger-side portion of its front.

Both vehicles had airbags deploy and both drivers suffered lower leg scrapes, according to authorities. They were both treated at the scene by Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department first responders.

A deputy estimated damage to the Summers Jeep to have exceeded $10,000 while the Schwartz Toyota was thought to be a total loss.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker also assisted.

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