Chain-reaction accident injures two Bartholomew County residents

Two Bartholomew County men injured in a chain-reaction wreck Thursday involving four pickups at a construction zone on U.S. 50 west of Brownstown were flown to regional hospitals.

The wreck that left Rick Walker, 52, of Columbus hospitalized with head and leg injuries at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis occurred near the west end of the bridge over the East Fork White River, according to a report from Jackson County Officer Jeff Walters.

Walker was flown by StatFlight from a temporary landing zone set up on U.S. 50 west of the bridge, which is about two miles west of Brownstown.

A passenger in Walker’s 1994 Chevrolet S10, Chester Sidwell, 63, of Columbus also sustained head and chest injuries and was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. He was then flown to University of Louisville Hospital for additional treatment, Walters reported.

Both Sidwell and Walker were in and out of consciousness at the scene and able to respond to questions at times before they were taken away, Walters said.

Walters said emergency workers responding to the scene, including Brownstown firefighters and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel, had to free Walker from his pickup before he could be flown to Indianapolis.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.