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Seven injured in "bizarre" Jennings crashes

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NORTH VERNON — A “bizarre chain of events” involving two crashes within minutes of each other at the same place in Jennings County injured seven people.

Indiana State Police and Jennings County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 10:30 p.m. Saturday to a crash in which someone was reportedly killed at the intersection of Indiana 3 and Road 300S.

However, ISP Trooper Seth Davidson said the “bizarre chain of events” resulted in no fatalities but injured seven people.

Injured were:

  • Arland Caffee, 55, of Henryville, knee injury.
  • James B. Stanfield, 43, Commiskey, possible head injury.
  • Tammy L. Lacefield, 48, Commiskey, possible head injury.
  • Larry M. Jansen, 45, North Vernon, severe lower leg injuries.
  • Madison R. Deaton, 11, North Vernon, complaint of pain and cuts and bruises.
  • Jacqueline P. Bondowski, 17, Commiskey, possible neck injury.
  • Brittney R. Howard, 16, Avon, possible head injury.

Davidson said Caffee was driving a minivan and attempting to turn from northbound Indiana 3 onto westbound Road 300N when his vehicle was struck head-on by a southbound pickup truck driven by Larry M. Jansen, 45, of North Vernon.

After that crash, the drivers and their passengers were out of their vehicles when a small sport-utility vehicle driven by Howard stopped sideways across Indiana 3 behind Jansen’s truck and was hit by a car driven by Bondowski.

The occupants of Howard’s SUV were out of the vehicle before the second crash.

Caffee was the only person injured in the first crash. The remaining six individuals were outside their vehicles and were injured as a result of the second crash.

Stanfield and Lacefield were passengers in Caffee’s minivan, and Deaton was a passenger in Jansen’s truck.

A medical helicopter flew Jansen to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Caffee, Stanfield, Lacefield, Deaton and Howard were taken to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

Bondowski was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Indiana 3 was closed for about two hours.

Davidson was assisted a the scene by other ISP troopers, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Lovett Township Fire Department and Rescue 20.


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