Medora man hurt in wreck

Police had a busy time Monday evening investigating several wrecks, including one involving four vehicles on U.S. 50 at Crane Hill between Seymour and Brownstown.

That wreck was the only one involving injury, according to the police report.

John Gorbett, 51, of Medora, who complained of leg and abdominal pain, was treated at the scene by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel after the wreck, reported at 5:42 p.m.

He was then taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for additional treatment, according to a report from Jackson County Reserve Officer Michael Maxie.

Maxie said Noah Hayes, 21, of Seymour was driving his 2003 Chevrolet west on U.S. 50 and was attempting to make a left turn into a driveway.

Three motorists following Hayes were able to stop. They were Randall Caudill, 21, of Ladoga, who was a driving a 1996 GMC; Gregory Collier, 48, of Vallonia, who was driving a 2005 Ford; and Gorbett, who was driving a 2002 Subaru.

A fourth vehicle driven by Ramona Cutter, 56, of Seymour, however, was not able to stop, and her 2006 Chevrolet hit the rear end of Gorbett’s vehicle, setting off the chain-reaction wreck. Hayes’ vehicle was not hit.

No injuries besides Gorbett’s were reported, but his vehicle and Cutter’s vehicle had to be towed.

Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 50 had to be closed for 20 minutes to allow for the wreckage to be cleaned up. County officers Mark Holt and Adam Nicholson assisted along with county reserve officers Tyler Goodpaster and Charlie Murphy and Indiana State Police troopers. Browns-town Fire and Rescue also responded.

The wreck at Crane Hill was just one of several reported Monday evening.

Seymour police also investigated two property-damage wrecks in the 1600 block of East Tipton Street that created issues for motorists in that area.

The first involved a 1993 Lincoln driven by Katelynn Suits, 17, of Seymour and a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Vanessa Best, 29, of Scottsburg. Neither driver was injured in that wreck, reported at 5:48 p.m. Monday, in which Suits’ vehicle ran into the rear end of Best’s sport utility vehicle, police reported.

The second wreck left a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by James Kamman, 65, of Seymour inverted, police said. Kamman’s vehicle was hit by a 2003 Acura driven by Sam Short, 33, of Seymour.

Kamman, who was attempting to turn left onto East Tipton Street from a parking lot on the north side of the street, said he did not see Short, who was driving west on Tipton Street. That wreck was reported at 6:28 p.m. Monday.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.