Two Teens Avoid Serious Injury When Jeep Flips

 At approximately 11:08 last night Daviess County Dispatch Center received report of a single vehicle crash with possible entrapment.  Trooper Andrew Beaver was in the area and arrived on scene to find a 1994 Jeep Wrangler upside down in a deep ditch at the intersection of CR 1100 E and CR 1675 N.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Ethan Malone, 16 of Odon was driving the Jeep north on CR 1100 E.  As he began to travel down a steep hill the Jeep traveled off the east side of the road and got stuck in a small ditch.  The passenger in the Jeep, Ian Bird, 17 of Odon, got out and attempted to push the vehicle out of the ditch while Malone steered the vehicle.  They successfully got the Jeep out of the ditch, however, due to the icy conditions, the Jeep began to slide out of control down the hill where it traveled into a steep ditch. This caused the Jeep to flip over onto its top before coming to rest at the bottom of the ditch.

Malone was trapped in the vehicle for a short time but was able to free himself and crawl out of the wreckage.  Malone was wearing his seatbelt at the time which reduced his injuries.  He was transported to Daviess County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Bird was treated at the scene for an abrasion on his hand from pushing the vehicle out of the smaller ditch.

Assisting the Indiana State Police at the scene was the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, South West Medical, and Odon Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigating Officer:  Trooper Andrew Beaver