Injury reported after 3-vehicle accident

From Local Sources

JASPER — One injury was reported after a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon at 36th and St. Charles streets.

Robert L. Sermersheim, 84, Jasper, was eastbound on 36th Street in a 2007 Chevrolet HHR at the time of the 1:23 p.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said Sermersheim stopped at the St. Charles Street intersection and, when it was his turn to proceed, he began driving through the intersection.

An officer said the passenger-side rear of Sermersheim’s Chevrolet was struck by the front passenger-side corner of a northbound 2009 Pontiac Vibe driven by Laverne V. Hochgesang, 76, of Jasper.

Hochgesang had failed to see the Sermersheim vehicle before proceeding after a stop, police reported.

The impact of the collision spun the Sermersheim vehicle so that its passenger-side rear struck the driver’s-side front corner of a westbound 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was in the left turn lane waiting to turn south onto St. Charles Street, according to police.

The Ford was driven by 67-year-old Betty F. Dickey of West Baden, police reported.

After those vehicles collided, police said, Sermersheim’s HHR rolled forward and struck a City of Jasper utility pole and a Frontier Communications phone box.

Sermersheim suffered cuts to both arms, police said. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where a hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Sermersheim’s Chevrolet, $1,500 to Hochgesang’s Pontiac and $500 to the Dickey Ford.

An officer cited Hochgesang for failure to yield.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.

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