Driver injured when car hits tree head-on

GATESVILLE — A driver who crashed his daughter’s car near Gatesville ended up with a deep cut on his nose, down to the bone, a police officer reported.

The crash happened at about 3:10 p.m. March 28. A few minutes earlier, police had received a call about a reckless driver in that area in a grey car. Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Jackson found a car matching that description on Albert Johnson Road just off Gatesville Road, and two men standing alongside it.

One of the men told Jackson that he didn’t see the crash happen, but he had stopped to help. The other man was Jimmy Miracle, 53, of Columbus.

Miracle told the officer that he had been on his way home from a doctor’s appointment in Carmel. He lives in Wolf Drive in Columbus, which is about 2 miles east of Nelson Ridge Road off State Road 46 East, Jackson wrote. The officer asked him why he turned onto Albert Johnson Road, and Miracle said he thought the road went to State Road 46, the police report said. Jackson noted that he seemed confused; he also said he hadn’t eaten anything all day, the report said.

Miracle had blood all over his face and his nose was “busted wide open down to the bone,” Jackson wrote. He tried to help stop the bleeding while waiting for an ambulance, which was awhile because of a high volume of medical calls that day, the report said.

Jackson said he didn’t see any skid marks from Miracle’s vehicle before it hit a tree head-on.

A Cordry-Sweetwater ambulance took him to Columbus Regional Hospital. The vehicle was towed.