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Greencastle man injured in accident

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A six-block section of S. Jackson Street was closed Friday morning following an accident involving three trucks. The driver of this vehicle, Travis Smith of Greencastle had to be cut out of it by Greencastle Fire Department. He was trapped for about 30 minutes while emergency personnel removed the top of the car, windshield and pushed up the dashboard to free him.
An accident involving three vehicles occurred just north of downtown Greencastle Friday morning at 9:17 a.m., stopping traffic on S. Jackson Street for over an hour.

According to eyewitnesses, a truck carrying a load of trash being driven by Travis Smith, 31, Greencastle was stopped on Jackson Street to make a left hand turn onto Liberty Street. A Duke Energy truck being driven by Kent Adams, 37, Plainfield smashed into the back of the Smith's truck, knocking it across the lane and into another vehicle driven by H. Lee Martin, 80, Russellville who was moving south on Jackson Street.

Adams told investigating officers he did not see Smith stopped in front of him until it was too late to stop.

Smith told police he had just stopped and was signaling a left turn onto Liberty Street when he heard a crash. When he regained consciousness he was pinned in the truck and had glass all over him.

Smith was trapped inside his vehicle for about 30 minutes while emergency personnel and fire fighters worked to remove the top of the truck and the dashboard to free the man. He was taken by Operation Life to Putnam County Hospital, as was Adams.

Jackson Street was closed to traffic for over an hour while police and fire worked to clean up the area, which was strewn with trash being hauled in the back of the Smith's truck, and to remove the vehicles involved.

Witnesses to the accident say there have been many near misses with other accidents at this location.

"Some of these trucks fly down this road and don't watch out," said one man who was outside and witnessed the accident.

"That Duke truck didn't even slow down. He just plowed into the back end of the green truck and knocked him across the road," he said.

Officer Albert Epple investigated the accident with assistance from Sgt. Terry Eastham. Putnam County Sheriff deputies assisted with traffic control.

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There was another man involved in the wreck on North Jackson street on Friday 11-07-08...He was the passenger of Mr.Smiths truck..Lee Rose 34, of Greencatle was also in the wreck...Mr.Smith did recieve more injurys do to the driver side of the truck was crushed..We ould like to thank everyone who was there an helped these young men in the time of need...an a great job was done by the Fire Dept. , police an Emts an the wonderful people at M.&R an the people who was helping Mr.Rose after he got out of the truck an to Mr.Robert Albright who was trying to calm Mr.Smith until medical assistant arrived...great job....

-- Posted by jr3386 on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 9:12 AM

May have been on a cell phone too? I see a lot of people in company vehicles on cell phones, one would think business that need to have employees use the cell phone quite a bit would have the hands free piece behind the ear or on the dash. Just glad everyone was O.K.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 9:13 AM

What happened to the 80-year old man - Mr. Martin ?

Was he taken to the hospital too to be checked out ?

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 9:30 AM

oops - didn't see the response posted by jr3386.

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 12:42 PM

the other gentleman was also treated an released...so yeah i got ur message now u have mine...thanks an i also hope that Mr.Martin is doing well also....

-- Posted by jr3386 on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 3:27 PM

I live on Liberty St. just east of where this accident happened. I hear tires squalling all the time from near misses from people turning onto Liberty St.from 231. When they detoured the traffic down Indiana St., there were several semi-trucks, and car traffic that did not slow down much while manuvering around this accident. There were cars parked on both sides of this street and traffic was going way too fast. You could not pass another moving vehicle going down Indiana. I know because I was in that mess. I'm surprised another accident didn't happen there, or a pedestian get struck. I believe there should have been an officer down this street to keep a check on that traffic also, as I'm sure Madison St. had the same problem..

-- Posted by coconut9092 on Sun, Nov 9, 2008, at 11:41 AM

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