Three taken to hospital after accident involving Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy

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A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to an emergency call, with his lights and sires on in his marked vehicle when a vehicle turned in front of him and he struck the vehicle.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Chad Swank was traveling eastbound on County Road 800 North, approaching County Road 500 East, when he attempted to pass a Jeep Cherokee driven by Claire Shoaf also of Columbus .

While attempting to pass the vehicle, the driver made a left turn to go on to CR 500 East into the path of the deputy.

Deputy Swank tried to avoid the collision, but struck the Jeep in the right rear.

The deputy was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with a complaint of pain in his hand.

Shoaf and her three year-old son were also transported to Columbus Regional Hospital suffering from what appeared to be very minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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