Two people were injured with one being lifeflighted from the scene of a four vehicle chain reaction accident that took place before 8 o’clock this morning along State Road 161 near County Road 1200 South just north of Interstate 64 in southwestern Dubois County near the Dubois/Warrick County Line.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says at around 7:50 am 22-year old Morgan Fowler of Velpen was stopped in the roadway along Hwy 161 by a road construction worker who deputies say was flagging cars at a construction site.
Meanwhile a passenger van driven by 64-year old William Byers of Indianapolis was behind Fowler also stopped in traffic.
Deputies say an SUV driven by 40-year old Patricia Digman of Chrisney was approaching the stopped vehicles of Fowler and Byers and was slowing to stop.
They say a fourth vehicle driven by 47-year old Pamela Waggoner of Oakland City came along at a high rate of speed and failed to slow for the flagger.
Waggoner’s SUV rear ended Digman’s vehicle which authorities say started a chain reaction accident between the four.
Deputies say Waggoner suffered a severe leg injury and other injuries and was lifeflighted from the scene to an Evansville Hospital.
Digman was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper with a head injury.
Byers and Fowler escaped the accident unharmed.
State Road 161 south of Holland was shut down for a little more than an hour while the accident scene was cleared. Deputies say the accident remains under investigation.
Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the Holland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS and the Indiana State Police