2 dead, 1 injured after crash in Bartholomew County

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY — Two people are dead and another person is injured after a two-vehicle crash Monday in Bartholomew County, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities were called to East 25th Street at about 12:15 p.m. in response to the crash.

The sheriff’s office says it was determined upon arrival that one person was dead. The deceased has been identified as Richard Ott, 65. Police say his wife Wanda Ott, 72, was entrapped in the same vehicle. She was removed and taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Deputy Coroner Charlie Deweese says both died due to blunt force trauma to the chest.

The other driver was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with injuries, but their condition is unknown at this time, BCSO said in a release.

The sheriff’s office says East 25th Street was shutdown in both directions for about four hours while a crash reconstruction was conducted by both Indiana State Police and the Columbus Police Department.

An investigation into the crash in ongoing.

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