The drivers of two pickups were injured Monday afternoon in a wreck sparked by one of the two trying to shoo a wasp out of her vehicle just west of Brownstown, police report.

Both drivers, Shirley J. Cummings, 71, of Heltonville and Kyle D. Hinderlider, 53, of Seymour sustained broken bones in the crash in the 2200 block of West U.S. 50 at the east end of the bridge over the East Fork White River, Jackson County Officer Rob Henley said.

The two were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour after being freed from their trucks by firefighters with Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department, state highway workers and others, Henley said.

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He said Cummings was driving a 2003 Chevrolet half-ton pickup and pulling a trailer carrying a small boat east when she tried to get the wasp out of the truck.

Henley said Cummings’ truck crossed the centerline and struck the 1996 Ford 150 pickup Hinderlider was driving west head-on. He was pulling a trailer holding a mower and other lawn care equipment.

“They are both lucky to be alive,” Henley said.

Others assisting with the wreck, reported at 1:52 p.m., include county Officer Bobby Cummings, Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner, town Officer John Reichenbacker and workers with Morrison Auto Tech and Dave’s Body Shop.

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