Three Lawrence Co. people hurt in crash

BLOOMINGTON The Monroe County Sheriff s Office released further details Sunday regarding a Saturday evening wreck on State Road 446 in which three people were seriously injured. In the report, the driver of one of the vehicles stated he fell asleep at the wheel after working a 24-hour shift at a fire department. Law enforcement and medical officials were dispatched to the 9100 block of State Road 446, near South Dutch Ridge Road, on Saturday, in response to a personal-injury accident involving two vehicles.

Bloomington Fire Department s Rescue 1 and Engine 4 were dispatched to the scene at 4:55 p.m. Upon arrival at 5:13 p.m., firefighters saw a black Jeep on its side in a wooded area about 25 feet from the highway, with its male driver out of the vehicle but nearby. The Jeep s driver, 48-year-old Edwin King of Bedford, suffered the most severe injuries, according to BFD Sgt. Brandon Hudson, and was flown by helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. King s wife, 49-year-old Edith King, was a passenger in the Jeep and was found near the roadway. She was later taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, a black Dodge Ram 1500, was 23-year-old Joshua Spradlin of Heltonville. Spradlin was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a level 1 trauma alert for head injury and other internal (injuries), according to an email from Capt. Ryan Davis of the Monroe County Sheriff s Office. Spradlin, in speaking with police, stated he had just completed a 24-hour shift with a fire department in Lawrence County and he had fallen asleep.

According to that same email, a witness told police that Spradlin s truck had crossed into the other lane while traveling north. The Kings Jeep, which was southbound, swerved right to avoid the crash. Then, the Dodge Ram struck the Jeep on the driver s side and continued off the west side of the road before stopping in the woods. The Jeep rolled several times and came to rest partially inverted on the passenger side. According to that witness, none of the parties involved were ejected from the vehicles. The wreck site was south of the Lake Monroe causeway, not far from the Lawrence County line. Three bystanders a Greenwood nurse, an Oolitic volunteer firefighter and a paramedic aided the injured until other personnel arrived. Several agencies responded to the scene, including the Monroe County Sheriff s Office, the IU Health ambulance service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The fire department was on the scene for nearly an hour, and had to use sawing gear to clear enough brush to make the wooded area more accessible for moving the Jeep s driver, Hudson said. State Road 446 was closed while the injured were helped and the wreckage was cleared.

According to Davis email, Bloomington police will request blood tests from both drivers from the hospitals, a standard procedure in serious accidents when breath tests cannot be administered. The email said there were no signs of impairment evident from either driver.

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