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Afternoon Update

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August 8, 2012

Accident leaves woman in critical condition

ANDERSON, Ind. — An elderly woman was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after a collision at the intersection of Cross Street and Scatterfield Road sent her vehicle spinning.

According to police spokesman Detective Joel Sandefur, Monica Mehling, 89, of Anderson, was riding in a 1999 Plymouth about 1:30 p.m., when the car was broadsided by a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The driver, Patricia Mehling, 86, of Alexandria, was attempting to turn left onto Cross Street.

Sandefur said the Silverado, driven by Donald Odom, 67, of Alexandria, was carrying two other occupants heading south on Scatterfield. Both vehicles had a green light; however, Sandefur said Patricia Mehling failed to yield the right of way.

Both of the Mehlings had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Anderson Fire Department. Monica Mehling was taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she was listed in critical condition.

Neither Patricia Mehling nor the occupants of the Silverado appeared to be seriously injured, Sandefur said. All four were taken by ambulance to Saint John’s Medical Center.

Traffic was being redirected by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency north to Alexandria Pike as police cleared the scene. The intersection was reopened at 4:30 p.m..

James Tatum, of Anderson, was driving along Scatterfield when he noticed the accident. Since he moved to the city in 1996, Tatum said he’s witnessed about 13 accidents at the intersection.

“It makes no sense,” Tatum said. “People need to be more cautious when they’re driving.”

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