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State Road 37 accident sends 2 to hospitals

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A semitrailer rig plowed into the back of a car that was stopped in construction traffic on State Road 37, sending two people to hospitals, according to police.

The crash happened about 1 p.m. Friday near the intersection of State Road 37 and Olive Branch Road. Traffic slowed in southbound lanes as drivers entered a construction zone, Johnson County sheriff’s deputy Perry Wilson said.

Bloomington resident John Aikman was driving his semi and didn’t slow down in time when coming up on the construction traffic, Wilson said. He struck a car driven by Mitchell resident Jonathan Arnold. Arnold’s car was pushed into a small sport- utility vehicle driven by Martinsville resident Nona Myers.

The impact totaled both cars and was forceful enough to push the trunk lid of Arnold’s car into the front seat, White River Township Fire Department Chief Jeremy Pell said.

Firefighters had to cut Arnold out of his car. He was unconscious and had a serious chest injury, Pell said. He was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was listed in stable condition.

Myers was taken to Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. A spokesman said that she had been treated in the emergency room, but her condition was not immediately available.

Aikman was not injured, and his semi sustained only minor damage, Pell said.

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