CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. – One person died, and three others — including two children — were airlifted to hospitals following a crash in Clinton County.
According to Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly, the crash happened at County Road 700 North and State Road 75 shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.
Kelly said the preliminary investigation showed a vehicle traveling westbound on CR 700 disregarded a stop sign and slammed into the driver’s side of a vehicle heading southbound on SR 75.
Authorities say 36-year-old Crystal Ragan, of Frankfort, was partially ejected from her vehicle as a result of the impact and pronounced dead at the scene. She had four children inside the vehicle, and two of which were ejected due to the collision. Two children were flown to a Lafayette hospital, and their conditions unknown, the sheriff added.
The second driver — a 37-year-old woman from Laurel, Mississippi — was not wearing a seatbelt and found herself entrapped under the dashboard and airbags on the front passenger side of the vehicle, according to Sheriff Kelly. He said she was flown to an Indianapolis hospital, and her condition unknown.
One person was killed and three were taken by helicopter to area hospitals. Kelly said the helicopters got to the scene quickly to transport the victims.
“Within 25 to 40 minutes, we had everybody in helicopters and flying,” Kelly said. “That’s the goal.”
Responding agencies included the Rossville Fire Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Frankfort Fire Department, Clinton County Coroner’s Office, Clinton County EMS and Rossville EMS, Kelly said.
The crash remains under investigation.
“This is an absolutely tragic and preventable crash,” Sheriff Kelly said in a release. “As law enforcement, these are the scenes you hope are few and far between. Unfortunately these kids lost their mother today and we hope through a thorough investigation, we can give them answers as to the actions that led up to this horrific event.
“I want to take a moment to thank every one of our first responders on the 911 calls and on scene today. This scene had several moving parts to it and we all worked as a team to render the best care possible to the injured, to secure the scene for our investigation and to reopen our roadways in a timely fashion. Our chaplains at the Sheriff’s Office are on hand for any responder, victim or family member that may need to speak to someone, following today’s incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the injured and deceased.”