Two injured in a two-vehicle crash on Peerless Road Sunday

BEDFORD – Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and first responders with Marshall Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at 11:02 p.m. Sunday on Peerless Road. 

According to police, 19-year-old Brett Dallas, of Shoals, was traveling south on Peerless Road and was approaching the top of a hill when he noticed another car in the roadway and told police he was unable to react fast enough to stop. He told police the other vehicle’s lights were not on.

Police say 21-year-old Marah Pennington, of Mitchell, was traveling north on Peerless road and was approaching the top of the hill when she noticed another vehicle. She told police she didn’t believe she had crossed the center line. 

Both vehicles collided nearly head-on. Both vehicles had severe damage, police said.

Pennington and her male front-seat passenger, Jay Wright, of Wabash, had no visible injuries and were treated at the scene by EMS but refused to be transported to the hospital. 

Pennington’s back-seat passenger Samantha Melton, 21, of Bloomington, suffered a broken back, a broken toe, and two chipped teeth. Melton was also four months pregnant. She was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment.

Dallas complained of left shoulder pain, bruising, and swelling in that area. He was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital.

Due to the nature of the injuries, the investigating officer had both Pennington and Dallas submit to a blood draw which was completed at IU Health Bedford Hospital. Those results are pending.

The total estimate of damages was $10,001 to $25,000. Both vehicles were towed by Mikels Towing And Recovery LLC.