Information released on Monday about three county vehicle accidents that occurred Sunday, found that several people are still hospitalized and others lucky to escape without injury.

“It was a wild day,” said Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Woodhull. “It was quiet in the morning but then one accident seemed to start a chain reaction.”

The first accident occurred at 12:50 p.m. on U.S 421 near County Road 200 South. A 2002 red Dodge Stratus, driven by Alexis McCarley, 23, of Greensburg, was southbound on 421 when it failed to stop in time for halted traffic. McCarley’s car slid sideways, after breaking and leaving heavy skid marks, and smashed into a 2000 gold Ford F-350 driven by Roger Young, 41, of Osgood. Young, who was waiting to turn left on County Road 200 South, was not injured.

The impact forced McCarley’s car to careen out of control and to cross the center line. While in the northbound lane, the Stratus impacted a 2001 teal Chrysler PT Cruiser operated by James Wall, 26 of Versailles.

Wall was not wearing a seat belt but his airbag deployed. He was Lifelined from the scene to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after suffering internal injuries.

Three passengers in Wall’s vehicle were all transported by EMS complaining of a mix of chest, back, shoulder and leg pain. They were Shauna Thompson, 31 of Lawrenceburg, her 13 year-old daughter and seven-year-old son. Their injuries were not life threatening.

At the time of the crash, Wall was traveling in a small caravan of family members. His father witnessed the accident happen right in front of him.

“You could tell all of the family members were upset but they were very respectful and allowed the emergency workers to do their jobs,” Woodhull said. “This had to be very tough on them. The PT Cruiser was very torn up.”

McCarley was taken by Decatur County EMS to Decatur County Memorial Hospital and was airlifted from there to Methodist Hospital by PHI. She reportedly suffered internal injuries. She and Wall were still hospitalized at last report however, doctors said Wall was making solid progress. No update was available on McCarley.

Woodhull was the lead investigator of the crash. He was assisted at the scene by Greensburg Fire, EMS, and Greensburg Police officers.

Almost exactly two hours later, at 2:53 p.m., a family of four was thrust into a harrowing situation.

As the family exited the westbound off-ramp from I-74, they went out of control and rushed down an embankment. The driver said his white SUV was cut off by another vehicle. He, his wife and their two children were all transported by EMS to Decatur County memorial Hospital. They were sent mainly for precautionary reasons and were quickly treated and released.

At 11:07 p.m. the trio of accidents was completed when a 1990’s white Honda lost control in front of the Burney Fire Station.

According to police reports, the car was eastbound on County Road 100 South and the driver disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 845 West. As the driver, Brad Hobbs of Greensburg, proceeded through the intersection at a high rate of speed, his car bottomed out. This caused him to lose control and clip a utility pole. The impact continued the vehicle’s treacherous path and pushed it into a field. There, it flipped several times. The vicious movements ejected two passengers from the vehicle. Hobbs and one of those thrown from the car were taken by emergency helicopters to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Both reportedly suffered broken femurs. The third occupant was treated at and released from Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

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