Wanda English Burnett
An accident on US 421 just north of Versailles had the road
shut down for about two hours Tuesday evening, February 27,
while emergency crews worked to free both drivers from their
According to information from Deputy Steven D. Sullivan of the
Ripley County Sheriffs Office, the call came in at 6:41
p.m. saying a two-vehicle accident had occurred in close proximity
to the drive-in theatre on US 421. Upon arriving, Sullivan found
that both drivers were in need of extrication. Robert Hogston
II of Osgood, was operating a 1995 Saturn that was northbound
on US 421. Preliminary investigation found that he crossed the
center line into the path of a Ford Contour that was being operated
by Judith A. Wells, 61, of Batesville, who was traveling southbound,
causing a head-on collision.
Hogston suffered internal injuries and was air lifted to UC
Medical Center in Cincinnati by PHI out of North Vernon. Wells
was transported to the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.
She suffered a broken wrist and ankle.
Additional manpower was needed at the scene due to the nature
of the accident and the Osgood Fire Department, along with Versailles
and New Marion were on the scene. Also assisting at the accident
scene was Ripley County Medic, Rescue 69, Task Unit One and
The accident is currently under investigation by the Ripley
County Sheriffs Office.