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UPDATED BREAKING NEWS: Two dead in serious traffic accident near Lyons

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 ~ Updated 11:00 PM

LYONS -- Greene County Coroner Sherry Wilson confirms a pair of fatalities in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on County Road 200S (Old Lyons Road) at the intersection with County Road 1025W Tuesday night.

Wilson said the two victims -- a male and a female -- were pronounced dead at the scene.

The dead are 23-year-old James Keith Allen, of Lyons, and 45-year-old Susan Olson, of Jasonville, according to Greene County Sheriff Terry Pierce.

Pierce said details of how the 7:10 p.m. accident unfolded are being determined by an Indiana State Police accident reconstruction specialist, who was called to the scene late Tuesday night.

"It is believed one vehicle was heading east and one was heading west. One of the vehicles crossed the center line, hitting the other head-on," Pierce told the Greene County Daily World.

A passenger in the Allen vehicle, Ashley Allen, 23, was airlifted by medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. Her condition was not immediately known.

Two other small children -- ages 2 and 4 -- were passengers in the Allen vehicle and were also injured, according to Pierce. One of the children was also airlifted from the scene, Piece said.

GCSD Deputy James O'Malley is heading up the ongoing investigation.

Numerous area first responders were the scene late Tuesday night assisting with traffic control and the investigation.

No other information was available prior to press deadline.


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Sending prayer out to everyone during this difficult time. Praying for a speedy recovery for Ashley and the girls.

I hope everyone starts slowing down on this road; people drive on this road like it is a highway. I am not saying speed had any factor in this tragic accident. I live on this road and drive it daily. Please let start leaving earlier and give ourselves more time to get to our destinations.

-- Posted by L.B on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 8:39 AM

So sorry. Praying for all involved.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 9:46 AM

praying for all

I wonder could the paper update the year of vehicles that were involved?

-- Posted by myopinionmatters on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 10:45 AM

Such a tragic accident. Prayers to both families!

-- Posted by relay_girl on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 10:51 AM

Horrible tragedy! Prayers to all families and friends...

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 11:18 AM

That road is scary. Especially if u have not driven on it before. Wish the county would step in and put more stop signs and update it. I pray that the children and woman airlifted are recovering quickly and come home safe!!!

-- Posted by mlockhart on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 11:43 AM

Prayers going out to all involved, such a tradgedy. May God bless@care for each person and family.

-- Posted by mimosa11 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 12:38 PM

I realize it's the responsibility of this news paper to report things as they happen, but they jump the gun and post things a little quickly. Names of the individuals who passed away were posted on here before family members were notified. This kind of thing happens far too often it's extremely unprofessional. Who is this papers competition in the county!?? Does it hurt to wait 6 or 8 hours to write up a story on a major crime or death in this case. I understand writing a small update but you can hold the vital information until things are fully wrapped up. RIDICULOUS!!!

-- Posted by blacknwhite on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 12:56 PM
Response by Nick Schneider:
The newspaper posted the names of the individuals involved in the wreck when they were cleared to be released by the Greene County Sheriff's Department. We were in contact with the GCSD throughout the evening and did not release any information until we were cleared to do so. The posting of the names was at about 11 p.m.

First prayers and healing for all families involved! Blacknwhite is right it did seem to be in the paper very quickly but as nick stated protacol was followed. The biggest thing i saw was how fast people were on facebook and twitter saying who it was and maybe didnt have the names right in several cases. please people this isnt a game of who knows who this is real life and tragic!

-- Posted by MAY05 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 1:35 PM

SENDING PRAYERS TO ALL INVOLVED ......THIS IS A VERY SAD STORY WE WAS TOLD ABOUT IT AROUND 9 PM BEFORE THE NAMES WAS RELEASED BY THE PAPER ...WE ALSO WOULD LIKE THE ALLEN FAMILY TO KNOW HOW SORRY WE ARE FOR THEIR LOSE PLEASE IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL CALL YOUR UNCLE JEFF !!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU JAMES !!!!! AND DEAR LORD PLEASE WATCH OVER ASHLEY AND THE TWO CHILDREN IN THIS TIME OF NEED ....

-- Posted by jan_campbell on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 1:56 PM

I learned about this via facebook way before the paper even published the story. It's a small county, news (no matter how tragic) will get out quickly. Just be there for the families. Poor Ashley has been through so much in her young life. I just hope and pray she makes it through this for those beautiful baby girls of hers!

-- Posted by armywife07 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 1:57 PM

First and foremost prayers to both families for their losses and to the survivors who will have to overcome this. It's sad how in times like this people want to point fingers. I don't do facebook and I didn't know either of the families involved and my phone was ringing off the hook with people asking if we knew the parties involved and the names were correct...all information came from facebook. Please think of others before you post especially things like this. How would you like to hear news like this? I don't think it would be from peoples facebook posts. Prayers to all...

-- Posted by Miner_Mom_11 on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 2:06 PM

This is such a tragedy Jimmy will be missed by this community he was such a wonderful young man who absolutely adored his wife and 2 little girls. This just don't seem fair. I will continue to pray for Ashley and their 2 beautiful girls. I hope Ashley knows how many people love her.

I hope the commissioners will consider doing a study on the speed that people are traveling after going thru the marsh area. There have been 4 people killed after traveling thru there 3 within the last year 4 with an 8 year span.

-- Posted by myopinionmatters on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 4:33 PM

So sad. Both families are suffering greatly. They are both in my thoughts...

-- Posted by speakofthedevil on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 4:48 PM

8 deaths in 2 miles within 18 years.

-- Posted by scoop on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 10:56 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to BOTH families in this tragic accident. I am thinking about Susan Olson's kids and family and how they lost their mother and the family dog.

Prayers for the Allen family also.

-- Posted by nanaluv on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 4:40 PM

scoop, Do you know how to go about getting something done? Do we need petitions? Do we need to go to a commissioners meeting? Aren't they smart enough to figure out that is far too many deaths in such a short time period?

-- Posted by myopinionmatters on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 1:16 PM


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