Crystal rollover crash injures two teen girls

Herald Staff Writer

CRYSTAL — Two teenage girls were injured when the SUV they occupied wound up on its top in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday night near Crystal.

Natalie M. Kern, 16, of 1610 Reservoir Ave., Jasper, was westbound on State Road 56 driving a 2008 Kia SUV when the 8:44 p.m. accident occurred west of Cuzco Road West, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Kern tried to brake after the Kia began to violently shake. The SUV went into a skid, struck an embankment off the north side of the highway and stopped on its top.

Kern and a passenger, 18-year-old Chandler A. Tinkle, of 820 Second Ave., Jasper, were transported by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services to the Jasper hospital. Police said Kern had a possible broken leg and possible internal injury and Tinkle complained of head and neck pain.

Authorities said Kern was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville by LifeFlight helicopter. A hospital spokeswoman said she was in fair condition today.

A spokeswoman at the Jasper hospital said Tinkle was treated and released.

The crash totaled the Kia.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and a Bob Luegers wrecker also assisted.

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