(Ripley County, Ind.) – Five people were injured in a crash on Thanksgiving Eve in Ripley County.
The accident just east of New Marion on County Road 450 South was reported at 4:53 p.m.
When Deputy Steve Sullivan arrived on scene, he found a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport in a field on the south side of the roadway. The driver, a 17-year-old female, had sustained a severe head and arm injury.
Rebecca Bornstein, the front seat passenger, was ejected and lying on the ground next to the SUV complaining of back pain.
Delaney Drake, 19, a back seat passenger, was complaining of a possible broken collarbone.
Sergio Poitan, a backseat passenger received a small cut above his left eye. A third back seat passenger, a 2-year-old boy, who was secured in a child safety seat, received a small cut to his left wrist.
An eye witness to the crash called 911. A witness account and evidence at the scene suggests the vehicle ran off the roadway and then over corrected to the left and came back onto the roadway, where the driver over corrected back to the right causing the vehicle to run off the roadway and into the ditch on the south side of the roadway.
The SUV struck the ditch and rolled onto its side where it slid on its side until it struck the embankment causing the SUV to flip and land back onto its wheels.
Pointan, the rear passenger, told officers everyone in the vehicle was wearing seat belts.
The teenage driver was flown from the scene by PHI to UC Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohioand was listed in critical condition.
Bornstein was also flown by air-method to UC Medical Center in critical condition.
The toddler was taken by Rescue 69 toKingsDaughterHospitalinMadison.
Rescue 30 took Drake toKingsDaughterHospitalfor injuries he received in the crash.
Poitan refused Medical treatment.
Sgt. Houseworth, Deputy Mckittrick, ISP, New Marion Fire, Versailles Fire, Rescue 69, Rescue 30, KDH EMS and Ripley County Medic assisted Deputy Sullivan at the scene.
The crash is still under investigation.