Crash on US 50 claims life of Columbus woman
Five airlifted to Cincinnati hospitals
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A tragic scene unfolded last Saturday, September 29, after two
vehicles collided at the intersection of US 50 and Marion Street
in Holton. A car traveling northbound on Marion Street collided
with a vehicle traveling westbound on US 50, causing the vehicle
to leave the roadway and come to rest upside down on the north
side of US 50 in a ditch.
The call for help came in to Ripley County Communications Center
about 5:22 p.m. I was in my house and heard the crash,
noted Bea Boyd, who lives close to the intersection. She said
she ran to the door, saw the wreckage and immediately called 911.
Another neighbor, Audrey Doyle, also responded to the loud collision.
According to information from the Ripley County Sheriffs
Office, a 2005 Chrysler Pacificia, had six occupants, all of Columbus.
Doris S. Parsons, 66, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the
scene by Ripley County Coroner Eric Karsteter. All six were extricated
from the overturned vehicle, with the driver, J. Scott Cawein,
41, being transported to Saint Vincent Jennings Hospital in North
Vernon for treatment of injury to his arm. Three juvenile passengers
in the Cawein vehicle, along with Mary E. Merrick, 44, were all
airlifted to University of Cincinnati Hospital and Childrens
Hospital in Cincinnati. Helicopters responding to the scene included
University of Cincinnati and PHI from North Vernon.
Driving a maroon 2002 Buick Century was Betty L. Hawkins, 69,
of North Vernon, who had been traveling north on Marion Street,
when she entered the intersection and collided with the Cawein
vehicle. She was the only occupant of the vehicle and was airlifted
to the University of Cincinnati Hospital with internal injuries
sustained in the crash.
It was a sea of lights as multiple emergency agencies responded
to the scene that had US 50 closed to semi traffic for several
hours Saturday night. Local traffic was rerouted through town.
It took all hands on deck with at least five ambulances responding
from Rescue 69 and Milan Rescue 30, three helicopters, three fire
departments, Holton, Versailles and New Marion, with numerous
firefighters, first responders, an extrication team, Ripley County
Medic, officers from the Ripley County Sheriffs Office,
Indiana State Police, the county coroner and a reconstruction
The crash is currently under investigation according to Lt. Randy
L. Holt of the Ripley County Sheriffs Office.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above is the vehicle six people were trapped
in Saturday evening, after the impact of being struck by
a car (pictured at right) caused their SUV to leave the
roadway and overturn. Emergency vehicles and personnel converged
on the area. Pictured above is just one of three helicopters
that made transports. In all, five people were airlifted
to city hospitals, one to a local hospital, and one woman
was pronounced dead at the scene.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Noah Arnold, son of Steve and Rebecca Stutz and Robert
Arnold, Jr. representing Sunman Elementary School and Elyse
Hunger, daughter of Rob and Linda Hunger, representing Jac-Cen-Del
Elementary School, were named 2007 Prince and Princess on
Thursday night of the Versailles Pumpkin Show.