Emergency workers use a stretcher to carry Samantha Suthard from her mangled car to an ambulance on U.S. 50 Friday afternoon. A Stat Flight crew then airlifted the woman to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
A North Vernon woman suffered serious injuries when the automobile she was driving collided with a semi-truck on U.S. 50 on North Vernon's east side Friday afternoon.
Samantha Suthard, 20, was flown by a Stat Flight helicopter medical crew to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after the accident that occurred at 3 p.m. Her injuries are believed to be nonlife-threatening, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer with the Versailles Post.
According to the investigation by Trooper David Owsley, Suthard was driving northbound in a 2013 Ford Focus on County Road 75 East/Deer Creek Road when she pulled out onto U.S. 50 into the path of a westbound Freightliner semi-truck pulling a box trailer driven by Enel Brutus, 42, of Jacksonville, Fla.
The front of Suthard's car collided with the side of the semi-truck. Suthard's mangled vehicle then came to stop in the middle of the intersection. The semi-truck continued westbound before leaving the south side of the highway, traveling partially up a steep bank in a farm field before coming to a stop.
"I was out in my yard and heard a tremendous noise," said John Greathouse, who lives just south of the scene. "I knew it had to be a bad wreck. It's a miracle no one was killed."
Police called in a Stat Flight helicopter to airlift Suthard to the St. Vincent Hospital trauma center. No update was available on her condition.
Brutus was transported in an ambulance by a Jennings County Emergency Medical Services/Rescue 20 crew to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
"The investigation is ongoing at this time," Wheeles said. "Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors."
Normal traffic flow on U.S. 50 was affected for nearly three hours due to accident investigation and cleanup.
Owsley was assisted by additional state troopers from the Versailles Post along with North Vernon Police Department officers, North Vernon-Center Township Fire Department first responders and Jennings County Sheriff's Office deputies, as well as personnel from Clark's Wrecker Service and 31 Wrecker Service.