Crash near Ferdinand sends 5 to hospital, closes highway

Police say proper child restraints prevented three children from suffering serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash that shut down State Road 162 for about half an hour Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to the crash near the intersection of County Road 700 South at about 6:43 a.m.

According to authorities, Steven T. Duncan, 49, of English, was driving northbound on State Road 162 when he failed to notice a 2010 GMC Acadia stopped waiting to turn left onto County Road 700 South. Duncan was unable to stop the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving in time to avoid colliding with the SUV.

After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of State Road 162.

Duncan was transported from the scene by an ambulance for a report of knee pain. The driver of the Acadia, Allison Schneiders, 30, of Troy, and her three children ages 4 years, 3 years and 5 months were all transported from the scene by an ambulance. Schneiders complained of neck and shoulder pain. The children were taken for precautionary reasons but they had no visible injuries, according to police.

The highway was shut down for about 30 minutes while police cleared the scene.

The Cavalier was considered a total loss while damages to the Acadia were estimated to be about $7,500.

Members of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg’s wrecker all responded.

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