Accident leaves two in critical condition
FRANCISCO—Two people are in critical condition with injuries from a two-car crash Thursday afternoon on Ind. 64, just east of County Road 400 East.
A third person sustained non-life threatening injuries, one dog died and another was injured in the head-on collision, according to authorities.
Princeton and Francisco firefighters used extraction equipment to free the three people from the vehicles.
“It sounded like a big clunk,” said Bob Sloan, who lives about 200 yards from the accident site. “I heard it from inside the house.”
A release from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office says a black 2006 Dodge Caravan crossed the center line heading west on Ind. 64 and hit the eastbound 2008 Chevy passenger car head-on.
The woman driving the Chevy was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital by Lifeflight from the scene for life-threatening injuries.
A male driver and female passenger of the Caravan were taken to Gibson General Hospital. The female was flown to an Evansville hospital with life-threatening injuries. The male driver remained hospitalized for treatment at Gibson General, according to the sheriff’s office.
No names have been released by authorities, who reported that investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident.
Gibson County Animal Services director Brenda Foley reported that one of the dogs, a Corgi, died at the scene. The second dog, a Terrier mix, was taken to the Princeton Veterinary Hospital and is in stable condition.
She said the remains of the deceased dog are being held for the family, which has been notified.
Foley speculated that both animals were in the van.
The crash prompted closure of the highway from CR350E to CR450E for nearly two hours.