GREENFIELD — A man had to be cut from his car Friday following a crash in rural Greenfield, which police said was caused by a distracted driver who ran through a stop sign.
The accident happened around 11 a.m. Friday at the intersection of County Roads 200W and 300S in Greenfield and sent two people to an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries.
Jerry Batty, 62, of Shelbyville was driving northbound on County Road 200W when he collided with a car driven by 23-year-old Kelsey True of Pendleton, police said.
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True, who was driving west on County Road 300S, told officers she was distracted and didn’t stop at a stop sign at the intersection, Hancock County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Campbell said.
True’s sedan struck Batty’s, sending the man’s SUV rolling through the intersection, police said.
Batty’s vehicle overturned several times before coming to rest in a field adjacent to the intersection, police said.
The SUV was heavily damaged, leaving Batty trapped inside, police said.
Firefighters with the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department cut the man from his vehicle. They drove him by ambulance to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis; an air ambulance was called to the scene, but it could not land because of heavy clouds, according to police broadcasts.
Batty suffered internal traumatic injuries and injuries to his arms and legs, Campbell said.
True’s vehicle crossed County Road 200W and careened off the eastside of the roadway, coming to rest in the same field as Batty’s, police said.
True’s car sustained heavy damage to its front end. She also was taken to Methodist Hospital with injuries, but she was conscious at the scene and was able to tell police what happened, Campbell said.
The county’s Fatal Accident Crash Team was called to investigate the accident because there were no witnesses.
The investigation left county roads 200W and 300S closed to traffic for more than two hours.
The extent of both driver’s injuries was unknown at press time.