Five adults injured in golf cart accident at Morgan County camp
Five adults were injured in a golf cart accident at Bradford Woods in Morgan County Thursday afternoon. One remains hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning.
The accident happened just before 1:00 p.m. when the golf cart rolled onto its side while driving down a paved path.
Lifeline helicopter was requested to the scene, which is off SR 67. One patient was transferred to IU Health-Methodist Hospital by helicopter, while the other four were taken by ambulance. Those four were treated and released from Methodist Thursday night.
The five adults work as staff nurses for Camp Little Red Door, which offers services to children with cancer, and Camp Independence, whose campers are fighting cancer or sickle cell anemia.
More than 80 children are spending the week doing all things camp, including swimming, arts and crafts, and singing by the fire.
"They get to have the same experience that a kid without cancer has, one week a year," said Little Red Door CEO Fred Duncan.
Duncan says doctors and nurses who volunteer their time taking care of the campers makes the life-changing experience possible.
"We couldn't do camp if we didn't have those folks who frequently come back year after year after year after year to come back and help us by taking care of those kids while they are there," he said.
All five patients are adults who were caring for campers. No campers were involved in the accident.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nursing staff in the accident. These are our co-workers and our hearts are heavy right now," said Shay Dawson, Bradford Woods Camp Director.
Duncan wants to reassure parents that their children are well taken care of.
"Everyone's kids are safe and everyone is still having a great time," he said.
But he says the last night of camp isn't the same without five of the nurses who make the place so special.
"We are hopeful for a speedy recovery for them and we're hoping the get to come back to camp again next year, because they too love coming to camp," he said.
Indiana University Police and the Morgan County Sheriff's Department are investigating.