One person hurt in chain-reaction crash

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department

A four vehicle crash Tuesday in Bartholomew County sent one person to the hospital.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that at approximately 8:37 a.m., deputies responded to N US 31/E 150 S in reference to a traffic accident with injury. Investigators determined that 20-year-old Kyle Peele, of Westport, was traveling north on US 31 in his pickup when he failed to stop behind stopped traffic due to construction at US 31/E 100 S.

Police say Peele struck 37-year-old Patricia Stacy, of North Vernon, in the rear of her SUV causing her to hit 64-year-old Terry Biehle, of North Vernon, in the rear of her SUV. Biehle then struck the rear of a car driven by 44-year-old Ernesto De La Cruz-Comacho, of North Vernon.

Stacy was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other three drivers were not hurt.

The accident remains under investigation.