Wreck leaves man in critical condition

GREENFIELD – A Greenfield man remains critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital after his car stuck a utility pole, causing a gas leak early Sunday morning.

Mikel Privett, 28, of Greenfield, was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis around 6:45 a.m. Sunday after sustaining serious injuries when his car careened off of U.S. 40 and stuck a utility pole near the intersection with County Road 525W, according to police.

The impact caused a gas leak because the pole was attached to a transformer, records show. Teams from Vectren and Duke Energy rushed to the scene to assist first-responders and turn off the gas so the patient could be transported safely.

Privett remained at St. Vincent in critical condition at press time, according to police.

Witnesses told investigators the man’s car left the roadway for an unknown reason. The cause of the accident still remains under investigation. Officials do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.