WESTPORT – Two women were injured in a single-car accident on State Road 3, just north of South Decatur High School Tuesday morning.
Nikia Schwering, 17, and her mother, Staci Pratt, 35, both of Westport, were driving southbound on State Road 3 just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning when the driver, Nikia, reportedly fell asleep and the car left the roadway on the right hand side, according to Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen. The 1998 Chevy Blazer left the road at a spot with a 10 to 15 foot dropoff. The vehicle struck the ground at the front and rolled a single time, landing upright in the field adjacent to the South Decatur High School parking lot, investigators said.
Pratt and Schwering were unable to exit the vehicle on their own due to the damage, reported Matt Morrow, chief of the Letts Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD). Members of the LVFD had to remove the passenger side doors to extricate the trapped women. Once free, Decatur County EMS workers were able assess injuries and decided that Pratt needed to be taken to an Indianapolis trauma center.
Pratt was transported to Indianapolis via an Air Methods medical helicopter, which landed in the South Decatur High School parking lot. She was alert and conscious after the accident, but still required urgent care. Schwering was transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in this accident, according to Sheriff Allen. Decatur County Sheriff Department deputy Eric Kramer is investigating the accident.
Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004