Crash leaves vehicle 70 feet down embankment Wednesday south of Bloomington, Indiana

A collision at South Indiana 37 and East Smithville Road left a vehicle 70-feet down an embankment with a person trapped inside, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Bloomingtonian reached out to the MCSO for more information and received the following:

Here is the release:

On 5/3/2023 at approximately 8:51 pm, Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of S State Road 37 and E Smithville Rd in reference to a two-vehicle accident with injuries.

Deputies learned that a Maroon 2017 GMC Acadia was traveling westbound on E Smithville Road near
the intersection of S State Road 37. The maroon GMC crossed over all lanes of State Road 37 with the
intent to continue West on E Smithville Rd. The GMC failed to yield right of way to a black Hyundai
Sante Fe.

As a result of failing to yield right of way, the black Sante Fe right angle collided with the maroon
GMC. The Sante Fe traveled approximately 70 feet down the embankment. Air bags were deployed on
both vehicles.

The driver of the Santa Fe reported being trapped in the vehicle, and complained of leg, chest, and hip
pain. Monroe Fire Protection District Firemen was able to extricate the driver from the Santa Fe. He was
transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening

The driver of the GMC Acadia admitted to having an alcoholic beverage before driving. The driver
submitted to a PBT; the results of which were .017, under the legal limit of .080. The driver transported
by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital with complaint of hip pain. There were two children
in the vehicle, both of which sustained only minor injuries. They were released to family members at the

 The driver of the GMC consented to a blood draw, which is standard procedure in any crash resulting in

serious bodily injury. At this time, no charges are pending, and no arrests have been made. This will be
under investigation until Indiana State Department of Toxicology analyzes the blood results.
All individuals are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Thank you, IU Health Lifeline Ambulance Services and Monroe Fire Protection District for your

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