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Woman seriously injured in morning crash

A Columbus woman was seriously injured in a car crash this morning on U.S. 31 and had to be driven by ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital because Lifeline air ambulance was grounded by the weather.

Details of the crash are still sketchy but Bartholomew County deputies were called to U.S. 31 south of the State Road 7 intersection at 7:39 a.m. today on a report of a three vehicle crash, according to Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department.

Angela Douglas, 49, of Columbus was northbound and Bradley Adriaansen, 25, of Columbus was driving southbound when their vehicles collided, Noblitt said. Douglas had to be cut from her vehicle by rescue workers and suffered severe injuries to her lower extremities.
Adriaansen was treated at the scene by paramedics and released.

A third driver, Sarah Whitis, 21, of Columbus was driving behind Douglas and was slightly injured. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and released.

Weather may have been a contributing factor in the crash, but the accident is still under investigation, Noblitt said.

"Lifeline couldn't fly, because of the weather," Noblitt said. "At the time of the accident, during the initial portion of the investigation, it was a torrential, violent downpour. Which is why we think it may have been a contributory factor, but we are still looking into that."
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 12:58:47 PM

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