Teen dies in crash

MADISON COUNTY — One person was killed in a head-on collision in southern Madison County Thursday afternoon.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. along State Road 38 near County Road 150 West, between Pendleton and Markleville.

A 2012 Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old, whose name was not released by the coroner, was traveling westbound, and a 2012 Dodge Journey was traveling eastbound, when the crash occurred.

Both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane of State Road 38.

According to the sheriff’s department, “An eyewitness stated that she was following the 2012 Ford Focus when, for no apparent reason, it crossed the center line and struck the Dodge Journey, head-on, entirely in the eastbound lane.”

The 17-year-old driver of the westbound vehicle was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle, Robert Tracy Gordon of Indianapolis, refused treatment but was taken to St Vincent hospital for observation.

The crash remains under investigation.

This was the second auto accident in the area to claim the life of a 17-year-old in as many days.

A Greenfield-Central High School student died in a crash early Tuesday near the Hancock-Madison county line.

Sarah Overby was a backseat passenger in a car that crashed around 1 a.m. Tuesday along State Road 9, just north of the intersection with County Road 1000N.

She and three friends — who survived and were taken to area hospitals — were driving toward Greenfield when the car left the road and struck a utility pole. Overby died at the scene.