3 medical helicopters called to Darke County crash; 4 injured

Credit: Wm Jones

Credit: Wm Jones

Four people were flown to the hospital by medical helicopters after a crash Thursday afternoon in Greenville Twp.

According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called around 4:30 p.m. to the intersection of U.S. 127 and Childrens Home Bradford Road for a two-vehicle crash.

After a preliminary investigation, the sheriff’s office found that a 2007 Honda Odyssey driven by Antonio Bartrum, 39, of Troy was was headed east on Childrens Home Bradford Road when it stopped at the stop sign at the U.S. 127 intersection. The Odyssey then tried to cross U.S. 127 and was struck by a Ram 5500 utility truck pulling a trailer driving north on U.S. 127.

The Ram, driven by a 23-year-old Celina man, disconnected from its trailer, went off the right side of the road and flipped over in a ditch. The trailer continued about 300 feet before also coming to a stop in the ditch. The Odyssey came to rest in the median of U.S. 127, the sheriff’s office said.

CareFlight responded to the scene and flew the Ram driver to Miami Valley Hospital in unknown condition. MedFlight also responded and flew a passenger from the Ram to Miami Valley Hospital as well, also in unknown condition.

Bartrum and his passenger, 20-year-old Isabella Smith of Troy had to be cut out of the minivan by rescue crews. Both were flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, where they remain in critical condition.

In addition to MedFlight and two CareFlight helicopters, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was joined on scene by Greenville Twp. Fire and Rescue, Greenville Fire Department, Versailles Rescue, Ansonia Rescue and the Greenville Police Department.

The sheriff’s office accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash.

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