Police Suspect Impairment Caused Two Vehicle Crash On SR 156
By Travis Thayer
A two vehicle accident shut down SR 156 near the Ohio-Switzerland county line Thursday morning. Photo courtesy Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.
(Ohio County, Ind.) – The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a Thursday morning crash on State Road 156 near the Ohio-Switzerland county line.
Deputies say the two vehicle accident occurred in the 2600 block of SR 156 around 8:30 Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed for approximately two hours.
According to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond J. Byers, 34, of Sparta, Kentucky, was driving a 2004 Hyundai when he and another vehicle, driven by Richard R. Adams nearly collided head-on. causing both vehicles to go over an embankment near the Ohio River.
Both drivers and one passenger were entrapped in their vehicles.
Photo courtesy Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.
Adams, 79, of Florence, Indiana, and his passenger, Leona A. Adams, 78, were transported to Dearborn County Hospital for precautionary reasons.
Byers, who was found unconscious at the scene, was flown by helicopter to University of Cincinnati Hospital.
Deputies determined that one of the vehicles crossed the center line, likely causing the accident, and that possible impairment was involved. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.
Assisting at the scene were Indiana State Police, Rising Sun Fire Department, Ohio County Rescue and Air Method.