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Four-car crash in Bartholomew County sends 3 people to hospital

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – Three people went to the hospital following a four-car crash in Bartholomew County Monday afternoon.

According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Adam Warner responded to the crash at 3:35 p.m. in the 4800 block of E. State Street. Four vehicles had crashed: a maroon 1999 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Ryan Mitchell, 18, Dupont; a white 2011 Kia Forte driven by Floyd Smith, 58, North Vernon; a blue 2011 Toyota RAV-4 driven by Kevin Wiley, 41, Holton; and a green 2000 Honda Accord driven by Olivia Pavy, 19, Bloomington.

After looking at the evidence and talking to witnesses, police determined that the Pontiac driven by Mitchell was going eastbound when it crossed the centerline, hitting the Kia on the driver’s side as it passed.

The Kia then spun into eastbound traffic and directly into the path of the Toyota. The Pontiac then hit the Honda, which was going westbound.

Smith, Wiley and a passenger in the Kia, Jacob Cockerman, 30, North Vernon, suffered suffered injuries and went to Columbus Regional Hospital. Wiley and Cockerman were later transferred to hospitals in Indianapolis.

Mitchell and Pavy weren’t hurt in the crash and refused medical treatment.

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