Accident in front of courthouse

Friday, May 6, 2011
A brown 1987 Chevrolet van driven by Charles Ottinger of Cloverdale rear-ended a white 2004 Chevrolet Classic driven by Miranda Smith from Camby, who had stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk on Jackson Street in front of the courthouse in Greencastle. Ottinger's vehicle pushed Smith's vehicle into Sheila Altmeyer, who was crossing the road. Altmeyer was taken to the Putnam County Hospital with right hip and arm pain and abrasions according to Officer Ed Wilson of the Greencastle Police Department. Operation Life, the Greencastle Fire Department, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Greencastle Police Department responded to the accident, which caused a traffic back-up.

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  • Car traffic around the courthouse, square, post office and just about every corner around the downtown area intersections are dangerous!! Drivers roll thru the Stop Signs even when someone is entering the walkway of the street. Maybe I am wrong but I think you should stop at the stop sign and then ease toward the intersection. But No... drivers just blow thru and mostly into the cross street before coming to a stop. We Need crosswalks painted on many intersections around the square intersections! Vine and Walnut, Vine and Washington, along with many others around the courthouse square. Slow down a little when entering the areas where you know pedestrians are walking please.

    -- Posted by macvrod on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 3:10 AM
  • maybe we should re-consider the plan to build a by-pass around Greencastle. That would take a lot of traffic away from downtown. Also, why not have the same parking pattern in downtown. Part of it is parallel and part is vertical to the curb on 231 thru town.

    -- Posted by albert on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 7:47 AM
  • No bypass...

    Maybe an overpass... A bridge extending from the viaduct, clear across the city to the hospital area.

    (Just kidding.)

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 7:53 AM
  • They would just put a 4 way stop sign up on the bypass like veterans highway.

    -- Posted by hobbes52 on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 7:56 AM
  • Looks like there is only 1, maybe 2 Emergency Services workers that are wearing their safety vests. You should be wearing your vests ladies and gents. The FEDERAL LAW is there for a reason. Stay safe out there!

    -- Posted by Palimino on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 8:52 AM
  • looks to me like Operation Life workers have their vests on....but FD and Sheriff do not.....shame shame.

    -- Posted by proudemt on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 9:25 AM
  • You are suppose to stop at cross walks if their is a perdastrian their.

    trust me. We got yeld at in Plainfield from a Stater on his bullhorn

    to stop at a cross walk . thing was the kid on his bike was on the sidewalk just watching traffic and didn't even want to cross.

    But he made sure he told us if we ever see somebody at a cross walk you are to stop. He said it was State Law.

    -- Posted by greatful mom on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 5:47 PM
  • If there was a sidewalk around the court house that allows people to cross at the corner as opposed to having cross in the middle of the street then this wouldn't have happened. That road is too busy for there to be a cross walk in the middle of the street.

    -- Posted by hoosierloser on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 7:24 PM
  • This is not a dangerous area people. Every time there is any kind of an accident, no matter how small, people talk about how everything is wrong with the area. There will always be people not paying attention or people following too closely.

    -- Posted by iumcrn on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 12:37 AM
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