Indiana State Police respond to two crashes in Putnam County

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (June 15,2015) – Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of US 40 near County Road 525 East just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police say a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by 26-year-old Jarrod E. Otter of Avon, IN, drove from a stop sign onto US 40, striking a 2003 Hyundai Sonata headed westbound. The Sonata was driven by 40-year-old Ronald C. Whistler of Brazil, IN.

There were three injuries reported from the crash. The first, Rylan Whistler, 12, was treated at the scene for neck pain and released. The second was Braddock Whistler, 15, who was transported to Methodist Hospital for a possible head injury. The last, Cameron Whistler, 5, was transported to Putnam County Hospital with a lower leg injury.

Ronald C. Whistler was cited for two child restraint violations and Jarrod Otter was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

In a separate incident on Saturday night, emergency crews responded to a crash in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the 33 mile marker.

When crews arrived on the scene around 10:45 p.m., they found 2002 Toyota passenger car, was traveling eastbound on I-70 when it left the roadway and ended up in the median.

The Toyota began to spin, striking the guardrail and finally the cable barriers. The driver, 54-year-old Melvin Warren of Cloverdale, IN and his passenger, 48-year-old Hope Cochran of Cloverdale, IN, were extricated from the vehicle.

Both were airlifted to Eskenazi Hospital. Warren was reportedly in serious condition with a suspected spinal injury and Cochran was reportedly released late Sunday afternoon after receiving treatment for a head injury.

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