Wreck leaves two injured


A 28-year-old Seymour woman was hospitalized at an Indianapolis hospital after a single-vehicle wreck reported Thursday night on Indiana 11 just south of Seymour.

According to a report from Indiana State Trooper Seth Davidson, Marcia D. Gaffney was thrown from a gray 2002 Chevrolet Blazer driven by John W. Gaffney Jr., 32, after it struck a utility pole on Indiana 11 south of County Road 200 North.

John W. Gaffney, who was not injured, told police he was driving north on Indiana 11 when he swerved to the left to avoid hitting a coyote. The coyote, however, was struck and killed.

Gaffney said he overcorrected "hard," causing the vehicle to leave the left side of the road, strike a sign and ditch and become airborne.

After striking the utility pole, which split in half, the vehicle struck an unoccupied tractor in a driveway in the 1700 block North Indiana 11.

Davidson said Marcia Gaffney was alert, conscious and talking at the scene. She was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. She was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

A passenger in the backseat of the vehicle also was injured, Davidson said.

Claira J. Stout, 5, of Seymour was treated for head and abdominal injuries and was alert and conscious at the scene, Davidson said.

Stout's twin, Jadyen P. Stout, also was riding in the backseat, but was not injured.

Trooper Chris Lockman took John Gaffney to Schneck for a blood draw, which is a standard procedure, Davidson said.

He said police do not believe drugs or alcohol was a factor in the wreck, reported at 9:55 p.m. Thursday.

Seymour officers were the first to arrive at the scene of the wreck, which caused power outages, Davidson said.

Jackson-Washington volunteers also assisted.