SPENCER CO. – Friday evening, around 7:30 p.m., Spencer County Dispatch received 911 calls of a single-vehicle crash with multiple injuries on State Road 62 near County Road 1050 East, just outside of Saint Meinrad.
Indiana State Police responded with other emergency personnel and located a black Toyota passenger car in a cornfield off the north side of State Road 62 with extensive damage. A seventeen-year-old passenger had been ejected during the crash. Four other juveniles suffered various serious injuries. All were transported to surrounding hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed the Toyota was traveling west on State Road 62 and attempted to pass a slower vehicle. When the driver began making the pass, approaching traffic caused the driver to steer back into the west lane to avoid a collision. The driver overcorrected and went off of the north side of the roadway into the embankment where it rolled at least two times before coming to a final rest on its wheels in the cornfield.
State Road 62 was closed for approximately two and a half hours while crews investigated and cleaned up the scene. The crash is being investigated by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist, and speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Drug and alcohol tests on the driver are pending.
Assisting at the scene were the Spencer County Sheriffs Department, Santa Claus Police Department, and Saint Meinrad Fire Department.
No names are being released at this time. As more information becomes available it will be released.