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VERNON — A Jennings County deputy was flown to a Louisville hospital with serious injuries following a Saturday night crash.

Four other people received less severe injuries during the 8:44 p.m. crash Saturday on State Road 7, about two miles south of Vernon, according to the Indiana State Police.

The injured deputy, Allen Ritchie, 33, was driving southbound on Highway 7 to assist Jefferson County officers with a pursuit that began near Deputy. The chase had just crossed the Jennings-Jefferson county line when the accident occurred a few miles north of the pursuit.

As Ritchie approached County Road 100 South, his Dodge Charger came up behind a van driven by 67-year-old Sylvia Glover of North Vernon.

As Glover’s van started to make a left turn onto the county road, the two vehicles collided, according to a state police press release.

Ritchie suffered injuries to both his chest and back. He was flown from St. Vincent Jennings Hospital to University Hospital in Louisville. Investigating State Police trooper Matthew Powell said Ritchie’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Both Glover and her husband, John Glover, 70, complained of pain following the crash. The couple were treated for minor injuries at the North Vernon hospital and released.

Two reserve deputies who were in Ritchie’s patrol car also sustained minor injuries. Frontseat passenger John Jayne, 41, and backseat passenger Randy Perdue, 58, were treated and released from the St. Vincent Jennings emergency room.

A University Hospital spokeswoman said Ritchie was in fair condition Sunday afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police post in Versailles. They are being assisted by deputies from both Jefferson and Jennings County.

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