Woman hurt in serious wreck

Police: Car went airborne, jumped ditch

A Decatur County woman injured Thursday afternoon in a wreck west of Vallonia remains hospitalized in stable but critical condition, a hospital official said Friday.

Danielle Sallee, 22, of Greensburg sustained multiple fractures and abrasions in the wreck, reported at 2:06 p.m. in the 3000 block of County Road 375W, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Jeff Walters said.

He said when he arrived at the scene, he found the driver’s side door of the 2015 Kia Sallee was driving open.

Walters said he could see the lower part of Sallee’s body was trapped between the dashboard and floorboard.

The investigation shows Sallee was driving east on County Road 375W when the vehicle went over the railroad tracks, became airborne, jumped a ditch filled with water and hit a small earthen embankment at the edge of the field, Walters said.

“The impact forced her into the floorboard,” he said.

It took firefighters from Driftwood, Brownstown and Carr townships about 30 minutes to free Sallee from the vehicle, Walters said.

She was being treated during that time by medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, who then took her to a parking lot at Vallonia Christian Church at Water and Main streets. Sallee was then flown by a PHI air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital.

Walters said it appeared Sallee was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Lt. Andy Wayman and detectives Ben Rudolph and Bob Lucas, all with the sheriff’s department, assisted with the rescue of Sallee and wreck investigation.

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