Four injured as car strikes officer in Hancock County


Three civilians and a sheriff's deputy were involved in a crash on the east side of Greenfield in Hancock County this afternoon.

It happened at US 40 and County Road 400 East when the officer was assisting a motorist. Another vehicle struck the officer in the median.

Hancock County sheriff's deputy Jake Lewis pulled over to help 35-year-old Jenny Tapp of Columbus, who was in a stranded truck in the median. Tapp was standing between the sheriff's deputy and her vehicle when a car driving westbound veered into the median and struck them.

The westbound car hit the deputy's car, which then hit Tapp's truck, pinning her. Both Tapp and Lewis were taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital.

Lorilee Curry, 72, of Franklin, was driving vehicle that struck the deputy and stranded motorist. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out, along with a passenger.

Greenfield police said Friday night all four victims were still at the hospital, but were all expected to make a full recovery.

Police don't think weather was a factor and it's not clear why Curry veered into the median.

US 40 westbound was closed into Friday evening. The eastbound lanes had been reopened by late afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation.

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