Terrible wrecks around the area over the past several daysPosted by Jack Howser on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 @ 3:54 pm.
SOUTH COUNTIES---A spate of terrible car crashes have several South Counties residents wondering if the heat is getting to drivers, or if things are just deteriorating as more folks who shouldn't be on the roads ARE.
In Saline County on Route 45 at Hilltop Road Thursday (June 28), Elizabethtown resident Jodee Mayberry, 22, was southbound when she drove off the west side of the road into a tree and her car overturned. There was a passenger in her vehicle, Ashley K. Smith, 19, also of Elizabethtown. Both were injured; Mayberry with a broken jaw. They were both transported from the scene and taken to Evansville for treatment.
Deputy Jerod Campbell, one of the local law enforcement working the wreck, said a witness reported the car had veered into the northbound lane, then "turned dramatically back into the southbound lane," down the embankment and into the woods.
Mayberry hasn't been cited yet, but Campbell told media that she was allegedly driving on a suspended license and will likely be cited for that.
Also on Thursday, over in Gallatin County, Randall Mayhall, 18, was involved in a rollover accident outside of Ridgway on New Market Road. Mayhall was wearing his seatbelt, but he still received major injuries. He had to be extricated from the wreckage, and airlifted to Deaconess in Evansville. As far as we know right now, he's still there.
And on Thursday afternoon shortly after 4 p.m., right in the middle of Harrisburg (and not far from where we were working Thursday), there was a wreck with intriguing and spurious circumstances surrounding it.
According to our sources, Harrisburg police officer Kenny Shires, upon responding to the wreck, had been able to confiscate canned air from a vehicle involved, so there is the supposition that the wreck may have been caused by someone under the influence of inhalants. We understand there was at least one person and maybe more injured in this wreck. We don't have a full report yet, but when we get it, we'll try to bring it to you, either here or in the print version, on stands a week from Monday....July 11. Get your renews in, as we are considering doing some special editions (a paper every three weeks until September), meaning that you'll get bonus papers in your annual subscription if you subscribe now...and don't forget, you can always click the PayPal link!
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