Crash spills nails on U.S. 27, sends 1 to hospital

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A two-vehicle crash on Monday, Jan. 6, sent an Ohio woman to the hospital and had U.S. 27 south of Richmond closed for hours due to nails all over the roadway.

Just before noon, Trooper Paul Harrison was on U.S. 27 south of Richmond on a traffic stop when passing motorists informed him of a rollover crash just south of his location.

In less than a minute, Harrison arrived at the scene between Endsley and Pottershop roads on U.S. 27 and found a Nissan Murano in the middle of the roadway that had rolled over several times and entrapped the female driver.

A pickup pulling a box trailer was pulled off on the berm with the trailer missing the tires and axle on the left side.

Harrison’s preliminary investigation indicates the Nissan Murano, driven by Kim Williams, 61, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was northbound when the vehicle drove left of center for an unknown reason.

The Murano hit the left side of a box trailer being towed by a southbound Ford F-350 being driven by Leslie Hathaway, 56, of Portland, Indiana. The crash tore open the side of the trailer, dumping nails all over the roadway.

The Murano rolled several times before coming to rest in the roadway. Williams was extricated by the Richmond Fire Department and transported to Reid Health in Richmond with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Hathaway was not injured.

Harrison was assisted by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Investigators, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond Fire Department, Boston Fire Department and Red Line EMS.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, U.S. 27 was still closed between Endsley and Pottershop roads as crews worked to clean up the spilled nails.

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