Heavy rains made it difficult for investigators to determine what caused a three-vehicle crash Wednesday near Elizabethtown that sent one woman to the hospital, police said.
Angela Douglas, 49, of Columbus was briefly trapped in her car following the 7:39 a.m. accident on U.S. 31 south of State Road 7, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.
After first-responders removed her from the wreckage of her Chevrolet Impala, Douglas initially was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of numerous injuries to the lower part of her body, Noblitt said.
She then was transported by ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital because the helicopter ambulance was unable to fly during the bad weather, Noblitt said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Douglas was undergoing treatment in the emergency room at IU Health Methodist Hospital, and a condition report was not available, hospital spokeswoman Lori Ewoldt said.
Two other Columbus drivers sustained less serious injuries. Bradley Adriaansen, 25, was treated at the scene of the accident, while Sarah Whitis, 21, was released after receiving emergency room treatment, Noblitt said.
Investigating deputy Sgt. T.A. Smith was able to determine that Adriaansen was southbound in his Volkswagen, while Douglas was northbound, Noblitt said. Whitis was behind Douglas’ car in a Chrysler PT Cruiser when the accident happened, he said.
While initial emergency dispatches described the crash as a head-on collision, physical evidence such as tire marks weren’t found because of what Noblitt called “a very hard and torrential downpour,” the chief deputy said.
While weather was likely a contributing factor, the accident remains under investigation, Noblitt said.
During the same storm, emergency responders were sent to another accident near State Road 46 and County Road 250E, but Noblitt described that accident as minor in nature.
Two drivers from Seymour were involved in the 8:46 a.m. accident, but neither was injured, Noblitt said.