Crash closes State Road 56 for short time

A crash west of Ireland on State Road 56 resulted in a totaled vehicle and two group home residents being transported to the hospital for a precautionary check-up Tuesday.

Charles Graff, 72, Winslow, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2014 Jeep Patriot at about 5:01 p.m. when he stopped to turn onto County Road 300N. Police said Graff signaled to turn left onto the county road and slowed to a stop. When he did, his SUV was rear-ended by a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Trevor Bridgewater, 23, Loogootee.

The sheriff’s department said Bridgewater was transporting two residents of a group home. Those individuals were transported by ambulance to be checked out at Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure. Police did not release any further information on those individuals.  Bridgewater, Graff and Graff’s passenger, his wife, Linda Graff, declined to be transported for treatment.

Bridgewater, Graff and Graff’s passenger, his wife, Linda Graff, declined to be transported for treatment.

Damage to the Graff SUV was estimated at $2,500 and was driven from the scene but the Impala was considered a total loss.

Bridgewater was cited for not having insurance coverage on the Impala.

The highway was blocked for about 30 minutes while the scene was cleared.

The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons tow truck assisted.

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