Nineveh woman dies in rural rollover crash

A Nineveh woman died in a single-vehicle rollover accident just west of I-65 in Bartholomew County between Columbus and Edinburgh.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies identified the victim as Megan E. Cummings. The 35-year-old Johnson County woman was inside an overturned 2008 Pontiac near the intersection of county roads 500N and 250W, deputies said.

Cummings died at the scene from multiple trauma to her head and neck, Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher said.

She was not wearing a seat belt, he said.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies, along with German Township and Columbus Township firefighters, responded to the accident at about noon Thursday on a report of a car overturned near a ditch.

Capt. Christopher Roberts arrived first and found the white car upside down in the side ditch. Deputy Jeff Tindell was also sent to the accident.

The Pontiac had been traveling eastbound on a long gravel drive west of the intersection when Cummings lost control of the vehicle, veering off the south side of County Road 500N, deputies said. The car then entered a deep ditch and struck the opposite side of the ditch on the driver’s side, causing the car to roll onto its top, deputies said.

An investigation into the accident is continuing, deputies said. Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Kris Weisner is working on a reconstruction of the accident scene.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.