Two-vehicle crash sends both drivers to the hospital

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A two-vehicle crash on Wednesday evening led to two people being sent to the hospital. Judy Jackson, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, says that at approximately 5:15 p.m., Deputy Terry Holderness, responded to the crash at the intersection of County Road 550 North and River Road. Investigators say that a car driven by 52-year-old Sara Williams, of Edinburgh, was traveling east on County Road 550 North when a pickup-truck, driven by 66-year-old Nancy Catron, of Franklin, pulled into Williams’ path. Investigators say that Williams tried to avoid but the crash, but the front of her truck impacted the front of Williams’ car. Jackson says that both drivers were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. She adds that both drivers were wearing seatbelts. ...

Columbus man arrested after alleged screwdriver attack

Dec 1, 2016 145

A Columbus man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly threatened to blind another man with a screwdriver. Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that officers were called to the 200 block of Smith Street at 3:40 p.m. where a man told them that he stopped to visit a friend when he was confronted by 36-year-old Dirk C. Neal. The man explained that he is blind in one eye and says that Neal threatened to damage his other eye with a screwdriver. Neal allegedly swung the screwdriver at the man’s head and missed before knocking him to the ground. The alleged victim told officers that he was able to fight off Neal by swinging a bike lock at him. Harris says that officers found Neal a short time later and arrested him. Neal is being held for 48 hours on preliminary charges of Battery and Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon. Police aren’t saying what led to the confrontation. ...

Driver unscathed after car hit by train near Taylorsville-UPDATED

Dec 1, 2016 87

A car was hit by a train this morning, tying up traffic for several hours in northern Bartholomew County but there were no injuries. Deputy Chief Matt Lynch with the German Township Volunteer Fire Department in Taylorsville said that firefighters were called at about 7:08 a.m. to the intersection of County Roads 800N and 200W. A car, driven by 47-year-old James Haddix, of Columbus, had tried to cross in front of a moving train and was struck in the passenger side. According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the train’s engineer told authorities that he didn’t have time to react. Haddix’s car was pushed about 100 yards down the track, but the car’s airbags and good luck kept him from serious injury, said Lynch. The train was undamaged. The two-mile long train was carrying new cars and SUVs. It blocked several intersections in the northern part of the county until the accident scene could be cleared. That took about an an hour and a half, Lynch says. Lynch points out that... ...