UPDATE: One transported in three-vehicle crash Tuesday

Thursday, December 2, 2021
Greencastle firefighters and EMS personnel tend to the scene of a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 200 North with U.S. 231 Tuesday evening.
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One motorist was transported with non-life-threatening injuries after a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 231 Tuesday evening.

At about 5:35 p.m., first responders were dispatched to the intersection with County Road 200 North for what was reported as a head-on collision. They found two trucks and one SUV were involved.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Greencastle Fire Department, Indiana State Police and Putnam County EMS responded to the scene.

Two trucks, a blue one driven by Harlin Stockton, 78, Greencastle, and a yellow one driven by Shawn Ottinger, 50, Roachdale, were traveling when Stockton attempted to turn east. Ottinger then clipped Stockton’s truck and sent it into the path of the southbound SUV driven by Jessica Mitchell, 28, Bainbridge.

Mitchell was transported to Putnam County Hospital for treatment and later released. Meanwhile, Ottinger and Stockton both signed statements of release.

Traffic going both ways was backed up for approximately an hour-and-a-half before the road was reopened at about 7:05 p.m.

Firefighters assisted with patient care and also cleaned debris from the roadway. Curtis Wrecker was called to pick up the three totaled vehicles.

The investigating officer was ISP Trooper Matthew Rea.

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  • Just curious , why call a wrecker service from Morgan County when Greencastle has Seniour's, Jerry's . and Dustin's right here in Greencastle?

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Wed, Dec 1, 2021, at 4:56 PM
  • That is an interesting concern

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Dec 1, 2021, at 6:12 PM
  • Because any towing service can register with the sheriff to tow for the county. They are supposed to be assigned on a rotating basis. This it is design to prevent the graft and kickbacks before the system was put in place.

    -- Posted by The Crusty Curmudgeon on Wed, Dec 1, 2021, at 7:32 PM
  • Good question, forgive me!

    -- Posted by Hmmmm! on Thu, Dec 2, 2021, at 9:04 PM
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