Three people were injured when a speeding driver swerved off U.S. 31 south of Franklin and struck two workers.
The two men working at U.S. 31 and Mauxferry Road were released from the hospital within hours of the accident, which witnesses said threw one man into the air.
The driver, Rick Wilson, 50, Franklin, was going an estimated 70 to 80 mph, according to witnesses, south on U.S. 31. He tried to turn right onto Mauxferry Road but lost control of the car and went up an embankment south of the intersection, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
The accident happened a half-mile from Wilson’s home. He remained in the hospital late Wednesday afternoon, Johnson Memorial Hospital spokesman Bill Oakes said.
Gregory Trump, 43, Noblesville, and Jason Witt, 29, Greenwood, were working on a fence near the intersection. Witt told police he heard a loud sound and saw the car coming at them before it ran over him, the report said.
Wilson suffered a back injury. Trump had pain in his abdomen area, and Witt’s legs were injured.
“It’s pretty amazing that these guys were working at where they were at, and of all the places he could have ran off the road and not hit anybody, he goes up the embankment there,” Cox said.
Other drivers who witnessed the accident said Wilson was going too fast to make the right turn.
Josh Black of Franklin was traveling about 50 mph on U.S. 31 when Wilson’s car flew past him, going what he guessed was at least 80 mph.
“The way he was coming by me, I turned around to check that no one was chasing him. He was going so fast I didn’t know if he was being chased,” Black said.
As Wilson’s car went up the embankment, the doors and trunk of the car opened from the impact of hitting the hill, Black said. He saw two men, one on the hood of the car and another partially under the car, and thought they had been thrown out of the vehicle, he said.
Mario Garcia of Franklin also was on U.S. 31 and saw the men working at the side of the road get tossed up onto the hood of the car, he said. The car then swerved back toward U.S. 31, jumped the steep ditch and stopped back on the highway, he said.
Both witnesses said the wheels of the car came off the ground, and it looked like it was going to flip but didn’t.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing, Cox said.