Two Vehicle Crash on Icy Roadways Sends Three to the Hospital in Western Indiana

Sullivan County – A crash occurring at West Washington Street just east of County Road 200 West, near Sullivan, sends three to the Sullivan County Community Hospital.

On Wednesday, November 13, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Indiana State Police Master Trooper Tom Hanks responded to a two vehicle crash between passenger vehicles.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Hanks, who was assisted by Trooper Brad Miller, indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Venture minivan driven by Rachel L. Whitlock, 26, of Sullivan, Indiana, was traveling eastbound on West Washington Street just east of County Road 200 West.  A 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche truck driven by Melissa A. Horton, 47, of Carlisle, Indiana, was traveling westbound on West Washington Street near the same location.  Whitlock advised that her vehicle began to slide on the ice covered roadways.  She stated that she was unable to regain control of her vehicle which caused a head on collision with Horton.  As a result of the collision, both vehicles came to an abrupt stop and were disabled in the roadway.  

Horton was transported to the Sullivan County Community Hospital for a complaint of pain in her back.  Two small children traveling in Whitlock’s vehicle were transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.  Both children were properly restrained in car seats which resulted in no serious injuries.

Whitlock was cited for speed too fast for road conditions.  

Indiana State Police wants to remind all drivers to adjust your speed, following distance, and stopping distance for icy road conditions.  We also want to remind all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts, and that the seat belts are designed to secure the occupants of the vehicle against harmful movement that may result from a collision or a sudden stop.  “BUCKLE UP!”

The Indiana State Police was assisted by Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Elliot, Sullivan Fire, Sullivan SCAT, and Morrison Wrecker and Recovery Towing Service. 

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