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[ISP] Vehicle Crashes into Building; Two Injured
Start Date: 3/28/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/28/2014
Entry Description

Jennings County: This morning two people were injured when the vehicle they were in struck a business on S.R. 7 near North Vernon. According to Trooper Randel Miller, this morning at approximately 10:50 a.m. a 911 call came into Jennings County Dispatch reporting a vehicle had struck Watts Electric located at 5100 N S.R. 7 and two individuals were trapped in the vehicle. The investigation revealed a 1989 Ford Econoline van driven by 55 year old Donald Cooley of North Vernon was northbound on S.R. 7 when the van went out of control after failing to negotiate a curve. The van struck a culvert and went airborne landing in a parking lot where it struck a 2011 Jeep Wrangler then crashed into the business. Cooley and his wife, 49 year old Teresa Cooley of North Vernon were trapped inside the van. Emergency personnel freed the couple after pulling the van out of the debris. Donald Cooley, who was seat belted, was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon with chest and back injuries. Teresa Cooley was unrestrained and sustained possible internal injuries and was air lifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY. According to Tpr. Miller, Watts Electric suffered extensive damage estimated in excess of $50,000 as a result of the crash. Miller was assisted at the scene by Tpr. David Owsley, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, and Rescue 20. The crash remains under investigation.

Incident Location
5100 North Sr 7
North Vernon, IN 47265

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Noel Houze
Phone: 812-689-8011
Email: NHouze@isp.in.gov
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