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Three people were injured after two vehicles and a semi collided at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Ind. 47 Thursday afternoon, Jan. 6.

A passenger in one of the vehicles, Derek Oldham, 18, of Royal Center,  was reported as critically injured at the scene complaining of upper body injuries and was taken to St. Vincent Hospital. He was later listed as in stable condition. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Chris Burcham, public information officer for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, said Oldham was knocked unconscious due to the impact and when officers arrived on the scene, his pulse was faint.

Another passenger, Liza J. Murphy, 19, who complained of neck pain, and Conni L. Oldham, 42, both from Royal Center, were also taken to St. Vincent Hospital and listed in stable condition.

According to witnesses at the scene, the accident occurred when a green Buick Enclave heading north on 421 collided with an idling semi, which was heading west on Ind. 47. The Enclave also hit a Ford passenger vehicle heading south on 421, driven by Megan M. Mullins, 19, of Frankfort.

The truck driver, Mark Cain of Sheridan, said the Enclave did not attempt to stop.

“I didn’t know what happened until I looked and saw the green car flipped upside down,” Cain said.

“This crash could have turned out tragic,” Burcham said. “We as officers can’t reiterate it enough to young and old, wear your seatbelt, it’s the law and it could save your life.”

The Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, the Sheridan ambulance service, Zionsville Fire Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

The crash was among a spate of accidents that occurred in the early afternoon, after a brief burst of snow showers slickened county roads. Police also worked a roll-over accident and several slideoffs on I-74 in Boone County, but no serious injuries resulted from those accidents.

Sophie Pappas contributed to this story.


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