Columbus, Ind. — Investigating police were amazed Thursday after a two-car collision on State Road 46 caused only minor injuries to an 80-year-old driver.
Peggy Hennig, 80, of Columbus, was driving west toward Nashville about 1 p.m. when she crossed the center line near Dam Road, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Korry Clark.
She collided with a car driven by Kirby and Beverly Cook, of Nashville.
The crash left the two vehicles separated by about 70 yards, with Hennig's car receiving the brunt of the damage. The impact ripped off her front driver's side wheel and left the front of her vehicle rolled back like crumpled tinfoil.
But Hennig appeared unhurt and was talking with emergency responders, who transported her to Columbus Regional Hospital. The Cooks refused medical treatment.
Clark said he was shocked that Hennig was OK, given her age and the highway speeds that were probably involved. He said he did not know what caused the woman to cross the center line. The pavement was wet with rain, but Clark did not think the slick pavement had anything to do with the wreck.