Update posted at 10:30 a.m.:
Relatives say a father and son injured in a crash involving a small tractor they were riding are expected to recover from their injuries.
Mike Taylor is in intensive care at University of Cincinnati Medical Center with broken ribs, a broken pelvis, and a shattered shoulder.
Taylor’s son, who family members say is four-years-old, suffered a broken femur and multiple facial scrapes.
Both the father and son are alert and expected to recover.
Original story posted at 8:57 a.m.:
(Cross Plains, Ind.) – A father and his son are in the hospital after the tractor they were riding in was struck by a pickup truck on a rural Ripley County road Wednesday night.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a crash involving a pickup truck and small utility tractor on State Road 129 near County Road 800 South, north of the town of Cross Plains, around 9:43 p.m, says Sheriff Tom Grills.
For unknown reasons, a southbound pickup truck driven by Lee Mathews, 59, of Cross Plains, struck the tractor in the rear. Riding in the tractor were Mike Taylor, 35, of Cross Plains, and his five-year-old son.
The tractor was spun roughly 180 degrees and then inverted, trapping Taylor and his son, Grills said.
Witnesses and bystanders lifted the tractor enough to free Taylor and his son. Taylor was taken by Air Methods helicopter to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The boy was also aircared to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by PHI. Their injury status is unknown at this time.
Mathews was treated and released at the scene. Grills said Mathews is a police officer for the Town of Versailles. The sheriff said Mathews was driving his personal vehicle and was not on duty.
The crash is still under investigation at this time.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the crash. The Friendship Fire Department, Ripley County Paramedics, and Rescue 69 assisted deputies.