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Franklin 17-year-old injured in crash


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Bargersville firefighters had to cut a 17-year-old girl out a car after a serious crash at State Road 144 and County Road 125W Monday.
Bargersville firefighters had to cut a 17-year-old girl out a car after a serious crash at State Road 144 and County Road 125W Monday.


A 17-year-old girl had to be cut out of her vehicle after a serious crash near Bargersville.

Franklin resident Sara Vandeman suffered serious injuries to her abdominal area in the accident, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken by medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was listed in good condition Tuesday.

The crash at State Road 144 and County Road 125W leveled a telephone pole and resulted in a second accident when traffic backed up at the crash site, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

No one else was seriously injured in either of the accidents that took place at about 6 p.m. Monday, Cox said.

One of the drivers in the second accident complained of arm pain, but declined medical treatment at the scene, he said.

Vandeman was driving south of County Road 125W, came to a stop at a stop sign and then pulled in front of a truck being driven by Center Grove area resident Jonathan Stanley, according to a police report.

He told police he didn’t have time to avoid the car. He and another witness both told police that Vandeman pulled into his path, Cox said.

“She might have misgauged the distance or thought she could make it or did not see him coming, Cox said. “We don’t know.”

The truck slammed into Vandeman’s driver side, and both vehicles plowed into a utility pole, Cox said.

The force of the crash snapped the pole in half.

Vandeman’s legs were pinned under the dash of the smashed car, Bargersville Fire Department Chief Jason Ramey said.

Firefighters cut the roof off the car to free her, Ramey said.

Ramey said Vandeman was conscious and speaking, but had serious enough injuries that she needed to be taken by medical helicopter to a trauma center in downtown Indianapolis.

Cox said both drivers were fortunate not to have suffered more severe injuries, given how violent the crash was.

“Both are going to go home,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

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