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Jennings County Crash Claims Two Lives

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 10:15am

By Sgt. Stephen Wheeles Public Information Officer

SR 3 near CR 25E

Yesterday afternoon, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on State Road 3 near County Road 25 East that claimed the lives of the drivers of both vehicles.

The initial investigation by Trp. Matt Holley, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox being driven by Erma M. Campbell, age 78, North Vernon, Indiana was traveling northbound on State Road 3.  For an unknown reason, Campbell’s vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a southbound 2006 Ford Focus being driven by Rhonda R. Steinert, age 45, North Vernon, Indiana.  The vehicles collided nearly head on in the middle of the roadway. 

As a result of the collision, both drivers sustained fatal injuries.  Both Campbell and Steinert were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.

State Road 3 was closed in the area for approximately three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.

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