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Deputy crashes on way to emergency

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HOPE — A Columbus woman, her toddler son and a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy all were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital following a Sunday afternoon accident two miles northeast of Hope.

The two-vehicle collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on County Road 800 North, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

According to the release:

Deputy Chad Swank, 39, had his lights and sirens on while on his way to an emergency call. When his eastbound patrol car came up on a Jeep Cherokee, driven by Claire Sloaf, 23, of Columbus, he attempted to pass the SUV.

But as the deputy began to pass the Cherokee, the other driver attempted a left hand turn onto County Road 500 East, thereby pulling into the path of Swank’s 2010 Ford Crown Victoria.

While investigators say Swank tried to avoid a collision, he was unable to and struck the right rear of Sloaf’s SUV.

Shoaf and her 3-year-old son, Wesley, were taken to the emergency room with minor injuries, according to the release. Swank was checked out by doctors after complaining of hand pain.

The crash remains under


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