2 hurt in separate weekend wrecks

Tribune staff reports

Police had to use the Jaws of Life to free a 92-year-old woman from her vehicle after a wreck Sunday morning in the 7800 block of North U.S. 31 in the Seymour area.

Opal B. Graber of Seymour sustained a fractured neck after the 2001 Buick passenger car she was driving north on U.S. 31 crossed the center line, went down an embankment and hit a tree, police report.

Graber was treated by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel before being taken to the emergency room at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. She later was transferred to IU Methodist Health in Indianapolis and was listed in stable condition.

According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Graber told county Officer Mark Holt that she had no memory of the wreck that occurred as she was driving to Reddington Christian Church for Sunday morning services.

Seymour firefighters had to cut Graber from the driver’s seat and remove her through the back window after the wreck, reported at 8:43 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff Michael Carothers and county Reserve Officer Scott Davis assisted along with firefighters and medical personnel with Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department.

A 69-year-old woman also sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a separate wreck reported Friday afternoon in the same area.

Leta Clark of Brownstown was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center after that wreck, reported at 3:48 p.m. on U.S. 31 at County Road 800N.

That wreck involved Clark’s 1997 Nissan and a 1999 GMC truck driven by Mark A. Hercamp, 58, of Seymour, according to county Reserve Officer Shane Collier’s report.

Collier said Hercamp was attempting to make a left turn from County Road 800N onto U.S. 31 when he struck Clark’s vehicle. Hercamp was not injured.