Three airlifted following Monday evening accident

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

REELSVILLE -- A one-vehicle accident in Washington Township injured four people, three of them seriously, on Monday evening.

The Washington Township Fire Department was dispatched to an auto accident at 6429 S. CR 625 West, north of Reelsville, at 8:49 p.m.

Shortly afterward the Putnam County Sheriff's Department was also dispatched to the scene.

The vehicle, driven by Donald Joseph "DJ" Adams, 20, of Reelsville, was southbound when he apparently lost control while approaching an S-curve.

The vehicle left the east side of the roadway, Deputy Mike Downing said, before Adams overcorrected and crossed back to the left side of the road. The car then richoceted off of one tree and collided with another.

The road surface was wet at the time of the accident, and speed may have also been a factor.

When Reelsville Fire Chief John McPherson, who lives nearby, arrived on the scene, Adams was partially ejected but was also pinned in the car.

The three passengers, Samanatha Mayhew, 19, and Erica Looper, 19, both of Cloverdale and Devin Myers, 18, Putnamville, were all injured but were out of the car.

Reelsville called the Greencastle Fire Department for assistance, but had Adams extricated in about 10 minutes. Greencastle was disregarded.

McPherson reported that two helicopters landed at Cook's Lumber Yard in response to the accident. Air Evac transported Adams to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with severe head, chest and lower leg trauma.

Mayhew, the front seat passenger, was transported via LifeLine to Mehtodist with head trauma.

Upon the arrival of responders, Looper appeared to have escaped serious harm, with only an ankle injury. However, she began to show signs of head trauma before leaving the scene.

She was transported by Operation Life to Putnam County Hospital and was later airlifted to Methodist.

Myers was taken to Putnam County Hospital for evaluation and later released.

As of Tuesday evening, Adams, Mayhew and Looper were all reportedly still at Methodist being treated for their injuries.

None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, McPherson said.

The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation. Downing was still gathering information Tuesday evening.

The Reelsville Fire Department cleared the scene shortly after 11 p.m.

Besides Downing, Deputy Craig Sibbit and Indiana State Trooper Michael Organ responded to the scene.

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  • hoping all is looking better today

    -- Posted by talkymom3 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:44 AM
  • Thoughts and Prayers are with the kids and their families, hoping for full recovery for all!

    -- Posted by jenren0608 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:45 PM
  • I went to school w 2 of these people, sad sad

    -- Posted by armygirl172009 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 10:33 PM
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