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Jackson Co. crash injures two


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The scene of a one-car crash in Jackson County that sent two people the hospital late Thursday evening.
Submitted Photo The scene of a one-car crash in Jackson County that sent two people the hospital late Thursday evening.


A one-vehicle crash in Jackson County caused by a coyote sent two people to the hospital Thursday evening.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday on Indiana 11 near Road 200N with a northbound sport-utility vehicle driven by 32-year-old John W. Gaffney Jr. of Seymour ran off the road.

Gaffney told investigators he swerved to avoid striking a coyote crossing the road and lost control of his vehicle.

After leaving the roadway, the SUV struck a sign, ran through a ditch and was sent airborne before crashing into a utility pole and a nearby parked tractor.

During the crash, Gaffney's passenger Marcia D. Gaffney, 28, of Seymour was thrown from the vehicle and suffered head injuries.

She was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment and later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Trooper Seth Davidson, who investigated the crash, said Marcia Gaffney was alert and conscious when he arrived at the crash site.

Also injured in the crash was 5-year-old Claira J. Stout of Seymour, who suffered abdominal and head injuries in the crash. She was taken to Schneck Medical Center for treatment.

The medical conditions of Marcia Gaffney and Claira Stout were unavailable this morning.

The driver, John Gaffney, and another passenger, Jayden P. Stout, 5, of Seymour were uninjured.

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