Two local drivers in Hendricks crash Thursday

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Two Putnam County drivers were involved in an early-morning car accident that snarled traffic on U.S. 36 at New Winchester Thursday.

Hendricks County Sheriff's Cpt. Brett Clarke said William Tatum, Bainbridge, was injured when his eastbound van collided at the intersection of Ind. 75 with a westbound pick-up truck driven by Gary Staigl, Danville.

Clarke said it appeared the accident occurred as both drivers swerved to avoid hitting a third vehicle driven by Daniel Moulton of rural Roachdale. Moulton, according to sheriff's deputies, was headed northbound on Ind. 75 and did not stop at the intersection with U.S. 36.

Staigl's truck came to rest on its side and Tatum's van sustained severe frontal damage. The accident occurred at around 6 a.m. and traffic was hampered while emergency personnel cleared the scene until after 7 a.m.

Clarke said Moulton stayed at the accident scene and was cited for disregarding a stop sign.

Staigl was taken to Hendricks Regional Health in Danville for unknown injuries.

Tatum was driven by a family member to Methodist Hospital to be checked for non-serious injuries, Clarke said.

Moulton was not injured.

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