Driver in rainy collision transferred due to injuries

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HAYSVILLE — Police now say one of the drivers in a violent two-vehicle accident east of Haysville that closed State Road 56 for an hour Monday morning was injured more seriously than originally thought.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department had thought 19-year-old Courtney O’Connell of Oak Forest, Illinois, had escaped with relatively minor injuries after the 8 a.m. crash just east of Kellerville Road. The sheriff’s department has since learned O’Connell suffered fractured vertebrae from the collision. She has been transferred from Memorial Hospital in Jasper to St. Vincent Evansville for further treatment, the sheriff’s department said today.

O’Connell had been eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix when her car went off the south side of the highway 750 feet east of Kellerville Road, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies said she was traveling too fast for the wet road conditions and went off the road in a curve.

O’Connell overcorrected, according to the sheriff’s department, causing her car to slide back across the roadway into the westbound lane, where it spun 180 degrees.

At the same time, deputies said, Danielle Crowder, 47, of French Lick, was westbound on the highway when the left rear of O’Connell’s vehicle struck the front of Crowder’s 2012 Chevrolet.

After the collision, O’Connell’s vehicle stopped off the highway.

The sheriff’s department said O’Connell was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the driver’s seat into the rear seat of her vehicle upon impact.

She was cited for speed too fast for weather conditions.

O’Connell and her 11-year-old brother, Tyler O’Connell, of Jasper, were initially transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The sheriff’s department originally said Courtney had a cut to a foot and complaints of pain. Tyler reportedly suffered a small cut to his head.

Crowder was transported by personal vehicle from the scene to Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a complaint of shoulder pain, according to the sheriff’s department.

A hospital spokeswoman said Crowder and Tyler O’Connell were both treated and released.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department’s first responders, Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wreckers assisted.

The roadway was closed for about an hour while the scene was cleared.

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