Victims trapped in their vehicles more than an hour after head-on collision

GREENFIELD – Two people were trapped in their cars for more than an hour following a head-on collision Wednesday night on the county’s northwest side. The wreck left a Bloomington man dead and a Fishers woman injured, records show.

The accident occurred just before 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 67 and County Road 900N, between McCordsville and Fortville, police said.

A sedan traveling west on State Road 67 crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound minivan, police said.

Both cars were heavily damaged in the crash, and firefighters with the Buck Creek, McCordsville and Fortville departments worked for more than an hour to safely cut the patients from their vehicles, 911 records show.

The drivers were the sole occupants of both vehicles. Their names had not been released at press time, pending notification of their families, officials said.

The 70-year-old Bloomington man who was driving the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene once paramedics were able to examine him.

A Statflight helicopter was called to the scene to transport him to a nearby hospital; but the chopper was disregarded after it became clear the man had died from his injuries, police said.

The driver of the sedan was a 39-year-old Fishers woman, who was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Health hospital in Indianapolis with non-life-threatening injuries. She still was recovering there Thursday, officials said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team.

Officers do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the wreck. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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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.