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Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident that took place at an intersection on Jasper’s southside late Thursday morning.

Jasper Police say shortly before 11:30 am yesterday 78-year old Richard Sermersheim of Jasper was traveling eastbound on 12th Ave and had pulled up to and stopped at the red traffic
light at the intersection with US Highway 231.

Sermersheim told police he had intended on turning right, but his passenger told him that
they needed to go straight.

Sermersheim told police he then proceeded straight, eastbound through the intersection, even though his light was red, and they’re vehicle was struck by a car driven by 80-year old Kenneth Falkenberg of St. Meinrad who was traveling northbound along US 231 and had a green light to proceed through the intersection at the time of the crash.

A passenger in Sermersheim’s cross over SUV, 70-year old James Osgatharp of Otwell complained of pain to his upper right chest while a passenger in Falkenberg’s car, 79-year old Mary Falkenberg of St. Meinrad complained of pain to her back, hip and leg.

Sermersheim’s vehicle sustained 10-thousand dollars in damage while Falkenberg’s car was deemed a total loss.

Jasper Police cited Sermersheim for disregarding an automatic signal.

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