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Runaway truck hurts 4 at camp


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Four people were injured Saturday when they were struck by an out-of-control truck driven by a Columbus woman pulling two wagons full of campers and counselors at a camp west of Seymour.

A 7-year-old Indianapolis boy, Shawn Harvel, was the most seriously injured in the incident reported at SpringHill Camps on State Road 258.

Harvel was flown to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis by air ambulance, according to a report from Jackson County Reserve Officer Scott Davis.

Davis said the four were injured when a 2004 GMC pickup truck, pulling two wagons loaded with campers and counselors, suffered what appeared to be a mechanical failure involving the brakes.

The truck was coming down a hill, when the driver, Ellen Guse, 21, of Columbus, was unable to get the truck to stop, Davis said.

Guse was able to avoid striking another truck/tram combination that was stopped at the bottom of the hill by driving off the road into a grassy area.

That’s when three campers and Jason House, 35, who were walking in that grassy area, were injured.

Davis said House was able to get 6-year-old Corey Bunyon and 7-year-old Miguel Trowbridge out of the way but not before he was struck in the back.

Davis said Harvel was being treated for a broken collarbone and ribs, a small laceration to a lung and some broken teeth.

“He hopes to be released (Sunday),” Davis said of Harvel, who does not appear to need surgery.

House, a camp counselor from Indianapolis, and Bunyon and Trowbridge, also from the Indianapolis area, were treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

House was treated for back pain, while the Bunyon was treated for a bump on his head, Davis said. Trowbridge suffered a wrist injury.

County officers Rob Henley and Adam Nicholson assisted Davis along with emergency personnel with Hamilton and Pershing township fire departments.

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