Last Friday, three people were injured in a crash in Miami County. According to the Indiana State Police, a roadblock had been set up, shutting down U.S. 31 to investigate a prior wreck, when a vehicle drove past the orange traffic cones and flashing emergency vehicles and smashed into an 18-wheeler. The accident occurred near the intersection of U.S. 31 and Miami County Road 1050 South, around 10:30 p.m.
Investigators are unsure why Troy Chamberlain, 33, of Peru, IN, disregarded the warning signs and drove his Pontiac through the road block. Chamberlain and another passenger, 28-year-old Frederick McCool, 28, of Louisville, were trapped in the front seat of his car and had to be removed. A third passenger, Kelly Mercado, 32, of Peru, IN, was in the backseat.
Chamberlain was initially taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital but was later airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. McCool was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after suffering a severe head injury. Mercado was treated for a back injury at St. Joseph’s Hospital and was later released.
Chamberlain is listed as being in critical condition but stable. No word yet on the condition of McCool.
Indiana State Police are still investigating in incident.
Another Indianapolis hospital cared for a separate severe injury in a single-vehicle crash that occurred early last Saturday morning.
According to a report by Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Beverly Cooper, 45, of Bloomfield, IN, suffered severe leg injuries and facial lacerations when her Nissan struck a utility pole off of State Road 157 north of County Road 325 north. The wreck occurred around 4:55 a.m.
Cooper had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire and EMS after being trapped inside. The Greene County Ambulance transported Cooper to Greene County Hospital; she was then airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
According to a spokesman for IU Health Methodist Hospital, Cooper is listed in serious condition.
The accident is still under investigation.
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