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Three Teens Killed In Ripley County Crash

State Police Say One Pickup Blew Through Stop Sign

3/7/2013

Three teenagers are dead following a tragic crash in Ripley County this morning.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze says the teens had just left a Future Farmers of America breakfast at Hopewell Church in Versailles. Houze says the accident involved two pickup trucks. He says one of the trucks blew through a stop sign and t-boned the other around 10 a.m. Houze says one of the trucks was heading eastbound on Fairgrounds Road and the other was heading north on County Road 850 West.

He says a Dodge Ram driven by 17-year-old Thomas Crawford of Dillsboro sped through the stop sign and hit a Ford F250 driven by 17-year-old Timothy Bowman of Osgood.  Bowman was killed along with 18-year-old Jacob Vogel of Versailles and 18-year-old Samantha Hanson of Holton. Crawford was hurt along with 15-year-old Caleb Cumberworth and 15-year-old Kayla Adkinson of Holton.  They were taken to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.

Houze says the intersection is a four-way stop. Houze spoke from the scene of the crash which he says is flat and does not have any sort of blind spot. He says the accident serves as a reminder to drive carefully, observe speed limits, stop signs and don't talk on cell phones while driving.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Indiana Department of Agriculture and Indiana FFA released a statement regarding the crash:

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Indiana FFA Association were very saddened to hear about the events which took place in Versailles, Indiana earlier today.  The loss of any life is tragic and heartbreaking.  That heartbreak is only compounded when the loss of life happens to those who are so young.  ISDA and the entire Association send our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the South Ripley FFA Chapter, the local community, and the many friends and family members of all who were involved in this tragic accident.

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