By Eric Stearley
A serious accident occurred at the intersection of 24 and 15 just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
A light blue Geo Tracker, driven by Markeeta M. Webb, 71 Huntington, collided with a black Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Charles C. Smith, 62, Martinsville.
The Wabash Police Department stated that Webb turned left from westbound US 24 onto southbound SR 15 when Smith, who was headed eastbound on US 24, struck her vehicle. A witness who was stopped at the traffic light behind Webb told police that the traffic light was red, and that it did not turn green before Webb attempted cross the eastbound lane.
The passenger of the Geo, Raymond "Jack" Sagarsee, 77, Wabash, was ejected from the vehicle. Wabash Fire Department medics treated Sagarsee before transferring him to a Parkview Samaritan medical transport helicopter. The helicopter arrived at Brandt's Harley Davidson parking lot at 3:25 p.m. and departed at 3:36 p.m. with Sagarsee on board. He was flown to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne and is listed in critical condition.
Webb was taken to the Emergency Room at the Wabash County Hospital and treated. She was released later that same day.
Neither Smith, nor his passenger, Clifford Lalonde, 26, Shelbyville, were injured. Smith and Lalonde are employees of Central Indiana Truck Equipment and were on duty, headed to the Wabash Valley Landfill when the incident occurred.
"I braced myself on the dash as soon as I saw them turn in front of us," said Lalonde. "Luckily we both had our seat belts on."
At least eight police vehicles were on the scene, in addition to a fire truck, an ambulance, and the Samaritan helicopter.