Head-on collision injures two drivers

JACKSON TWP. — A head-on collision March 24 injured two drivers.

At around 9:45 p.m., police and emergency personnel responded to State Road 45 near Morrison Road.

Shirley K. Pruitt, 61, Indianapolis, told police she was eastbound on State Road 45 near Morrison Road when she hit a patch of gravel in the curved intersection, causing her to lose traction, an accident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stargell states.

Pruitt’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by 34-year-old Nathan Tuttle of Oak Ridge Road.

Tuttle told police he was on his way home from the Dollar General in Bean Blossom when he saw Pruitt traveling at a “high rate of speed.” He said her vehicle ran off the road and was on two wheels before it crossed the center line, the report states. Tuttle said he swerved to avoid a collision but was unable to do so in time.

A child in the back seat of his truck was unhurt.

Pruitt, who was not wearing shoes, was taken by ambulance to Johnson Memorial Hospital for a foot laceration caused by the brake pedal and a “severely broken toe,” the report said.

Tuttle also was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for back and sciatic nerve pain treatment. He told police he was recovering from a swollen disc in his back that occurred a few months prior.

Both vehicles were towed. Pruitt’s airbag deployed. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.