UPDATED: One killed, two seriously injured in SR 54 crash; names released; GCSD asks for information

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The scene of the three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on State Road 54, just east of County Road 800W between Linton and Switz City. The road was closed for several hours following the accident that killed one and seriously injured two others. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information is asked to call GCSD at 812-384-4411. (By Nick Schneider)

A tragic crash involving three vehicles on State Road 54, just east of County Road 800 West between Switz City and Linton early Wednesday morning, claimed the life of one man and seriously injured two other people.

Phillip K. Reynolds, Jr. 51, of Linton, who was driving a black 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck, was killed in the crash.

Todd W. Bennett, 19, of Linton, who was driving a blue 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck, suffered serious bodily injury and was first transported to Greene County General Hospital by the Greene County Ambulance Service, then flown to Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard Hospital) in Indianapolis.

On Thursday morning, Bennett was a patient in the intensive care unit listed in critical condition, according to hospital spokesman Todd Harper.

Lisa M. Shafer, 48, of Odon, was driving a silver 2011 Dodge Avenger - the third vehicle in the crash. She was transported to Greene County General Hospital by the Greene County Ambulance Service for treatment.

Shafer was not admitted to the hospital, however she did suffer a broken leg.

Shafer was traveling west on State Road 54 to her job as a registration clerk at Greene County General Hospital when the wreck happened.

The day after the accident, the Daviess County woman who has worked at GCGH for the past eight years said, "God was with me. I have a broken leg, but that's about all."

Shafer said she recalls few details of the actual wreck.

"It was all pretty much of a blur." She added, "God was there and my prayers and thoughts go out to the other victims involved."

According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, the crash occurred at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Following the crash, Reynolds was transported to the hospital by rescue personnel from Linton.

Late in the afternoon, the Greene County Coroner's Office confirmed that Reynolds was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident and that an autopsy was scheduled to be conducted by Dr. Roland Kohr at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute on Thursday at 10 a.m.

According to the coroner's office, Reynolds was also on his way to work at the time of the crash.

On Thursday morning, Greene County Sheriff's Department Major Mike Hasler said the investigation is continuing.

"Everybody is still running in different directions getting stuff done and trying to interview people," said Hasler.

The lead investigators, GCSD Detective George Dallaire and Deputy Bobby Pierce, were on the scene Wednesday with law enforcement, rescue and ambulance personnel from several agencies including GCSD, the Indiana State Police, the Switz City Fire Department, Linton Rescue, Greene County Ambulance Service and the Greene County Coroner's Office.

An Indiana State Police accident reconstruction team was assisting on the scene with the post-accident investigation.

State Road 54 in the area of the crash was closed to traffic for most of the day -- the highway re-opened to traffic shortly before 3 p.m.

No additional information about the details of the crash were released while the investigation continues, but the sheriff's department did appeal to the public for more information about the crash.

Anyone with information about the incident, or anyone who may have witnessed the crash, is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Department at 812-384-4411 and make contact with the investigating officers, GCSD Detective George Dallaire or Deputy Bobby Pierce.

Co-Editor Nick Schneider contributed to this report.

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