Columbus woman dies in crash on U.S. 31 in Edinburgh

An elderly Columbus woman died yesterday afternoon after crashing into the rear of two other vehicles on U.S. 31 at Eisenhower Drive in Edinburgh.

74-year-old Dorothy Patricia Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office. Coroner Clayton Nolting says her death was caused by massive blunt force trauma.

Edinburgh Police Deputy Chief Dave Lutz says the crash happened at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon when Wagner failed to stop at the light and rammed two stopped vehicles. Lutz says a medical emergency may have been involved.

One of the two other drivers is being treated for life-threatening injuries after having to be cut from the wreckage by Edinburgh firefighters and flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. The names of the other victims in the crash have not yet been released.

An Indiana conservation officer was the first to arrive at the crash and Edinburgh police were assisted by Bartholomew County deputies at the scene.