A Bloomfield man involved in a crash on Sharkey Curve east of Bloomfield on Tuesday suffered severe injuries that will require surgeries and a long recuperation period.
Joe Jones, 28, was transported by LifeLine helicopter to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis after the accident, which took place around 9:30 or 9:45 a.m., according to his brother-in-law Kaileb Vandeventer.
Jones lives with Vandeventer and his wife -- Jones' sister.
"He was headed east toward Bloomington," Vandeventer said. "According to witnesses, he went right, off the shoulder, then overcorrected and went left of center."
Jones hit a westbound pickup head-on, and the truck went over him and rolled, his brother-in-law said. It came to rest by a tree, and the Honda Jones was driving came to a stop horizontally in the road.
The driver of the truck had head and shoulder wounds, Vandeventer said, but was able to get out of his vehicle and move around. Jones had to be extricated from the Honda.
"It took a little over two hours to cut him out," Vandeventer said. "Thank God there was a nurse following him."
He said the nurse, a stranger, and a woman in a house at the scene helped Jones while they waited for an ambulance.
"They attended to him and called 911," Vandeventer said. "I'd like to thank them, but I don't know their names. They took care of him 'til the ambulance got there."
Vandeventer said Jones broke both shin bones, his left femur and seven ribs. In addition, both knee caps were crushed, and his left arm was broken upper and lower. He had multiple broken bones in his face, along with a gash from forehead to cheek. His lungs collapsed, and he had head trauma with brain swelling.
"He lost a lot of blood" Vandeventer said. "They had to do a blood transfusion.
"They've got him on paralyzing medicine so he doesn't move, but he's getting better. He's in intensive critical care."
Vandeventer said Jones is now stable enough to undergo surgeries to set the broken bones and do reconstructive procedures.
Unfortunately, the young man, who was employed at a McDonald's in Bloomington, according to his family, has no health insurance.
"We only had liability on the Honda," Vandeventer said. "We can use help."
Anyone wishing to make a donation can make a check payable to Kaileb and Jennifer Vandeventer and mail it to: 245 E. Indiana Ave., Bloomfield, Ind., 47424.
Vandeventer said questions can be directed to him at his cell phone, (812) 381-1226, or home phone, (812) 384-3751.