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One Dead, One Injured In Cortland Crash
Updated August 8, 2014 9:14 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(CORTLAND) - A Jackson County man is dead and another injured after a two-vehicle crash at County Road 400 East and 550 North, just south of Cortland.

Officers were called to the crash at 7:46 a.m. Thursday.

63-year-old Lee S. Ertel of Seymour died from his injuries at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to Coroner Roger Wheeler. Wheeler say Ertel appeared to be suffering from internal bleeding before he was loaded into the helicopter.

18 -year-old Garrett Lee Fields, also of Seymour, who was driving the second vehicle involved in the wreck, also was flown to Methodist Hospital.

According to a police report, Fields, was traveling west on County Road 550 North in a Dodge truck. Ertel was driving a Chevrolet utility pickup south on County Road 400 East.

Police says the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Ertel was trapped in his vehicle and was freed by Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County EMS personnel.

Ertel then was taken to the fire department just north of Cortland, where a landing zone had been set up by firefighters. PHI Stat Flight from North Vernon transported Ertel to Methodist Hospital.

Fields, who police say was out of the vehicle when they arrived, was taken from the scene to the helipad at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS. He was complaining of pelvic pain. LifeLine Helicopter Service transported him to Methodist Hospital.

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