Child restraints lessen seriousness of SR162 crash


BRETZVILLE — Police credited the proper use of child restraint seats for lessening the seriousness of a crash this morning south of Bretzville that found both drivers complaining of pain.

Allison N. Schnieders, 30, Troy, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2010 GMC Acadia and was attempting to turn left onto County Road 700S at the time of the 6:43 a.m. accident, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Schnieders stopped in the highway’s northbound lane to make her turn and, when she did, her SUV was rear-ended by a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Steven T. Duncan, 49, English.

Schnieders and her three children ages 4, 3 and 5 months were transported from the scene by ambulance. Schnieders complained of neck, back and shoulder pain, deputies said. The minor children, who were back seat passengers, were taken for precautionary reasons, according to the sheriff’s department. They had no visible injuries, according to authorities.

Duncan complained of left knee pain, according to deputies. He was also taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment by ambulance.

A hospital spokeswoman said both drivers were treated and released.

Deputies said the proper use of child restraints for all three children prevented and/or greatly reduced the seriousness of the injuries.

Duncan’s Chevrolet was totaled in the crash and Schnieders’ GMC sustained an estimated $7,500 in damage.

The highway was shut down for about 30 minutes while the scene was cleared.

The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Ferdinand Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted.

No citations were issued.

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