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Serious accident on U.S. 40

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GREENFIELD — A head-on collision near the intersection of U.S. 40 and CR 250W sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries early Monday.

The accident occured shortly before 7:50 a.m. and closed part of U.S. 40 for about two hours as police investigated the cause of the crash. Three people, including the drivers of both cars and a 14-year old passenger, were taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following the crash, according to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

The accident occured when the driver of an eastbound Pontiac G6, Richard N. Meek Jr., 19, of Indianapolis, crossed the center line and crashed, head on, into an oncoming Ford Taurus.

The westbound vehicle was driven by Robert Riddle, 68, of Greenfield. Police had not determined Monday what caused Meek to drift into the westbound lanes but said alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. Toxicology reports are pending. He was driving his sister, Shelby Meek, 14, to school.

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