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Three hurt in crash at Red Gold

October 4, 2011

    A two-vehicle accident at 6:50 p.m. Monday injured three occupants of a SUV and closed traffic on U.S. 27 in Geneva for over an hour, according to a report this morning from the Geneva Police Department.
    Police noted that a semi truck hauling tomatoes to the Red Gold processing plant in Geneva operated by Roland K. Cousineau, 51, Temperance, Michigan, was stopped in traffic on U.S. 27 at the intersection with Fourth Street waiting to turn into the plant when the truck was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by Billy Hudson, 26, of Geneva.
    Geneva Town Marshall Rob Johnson said there was no evidence the Hudson vehicle made any attempt to stop, with no skid marks evident on the roadway. Due to the severity of the accident, U.S. 27 was closed until about 8 p.m. Deputies from the Adams County Sheriff's Department assisted with traffic control at the scene.
    Hudson and two occupants of his vehicle, Ashley McCollum, 28, Geneva, who was in the front, and Coralee McCollum, 49, Geneva, who was in the rear of the vehicle, all were pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Monroe Rescue Squad.
    The Parkview Samaritan helicopter was summoned to the scene and flew one of the injured parties to Parkview. The other two were taken by Adams County EMS to Parkview.
    Coralee McCollum was listed in serious condition today at Parkview while Ashley McCollum was said to be in fair condition. There was no listing in the patient directory at Parkview for Hudson, which means he had either been dismissed or requested no information be given on his condition, which he can do under federal privacy rules.
    Police said all three injured people suffered internal injuries. Cousineau was not injured.
    Police noted that the SUV was considered a total loss while the semi suffered minimal damage.
    Johnson added the accident remains under investigation.

No Schwartz listing
    A Parkview representative said this morning that the hospital had no listing for Ann J. Schwartz, who was injured in a fatal accident which occurred Friday afternoon south of Decatur.
    That means that she has either been released or had requested no information be given on her condition, which she may do under federal privacy laws.
    She was in an Amish buggy when it was struck by a van, killing her husband, Joseph J. Schwartz. She was taken to Parkview with leg and head injuries after both she and her husband were thrown onto the hood of the van driven by David R. Harkless, 78, rural Decatur.

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