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Columbus man killed in three-vehicle crash

A Bartholomew County crash killed one and injured two others Thursday morning.


About 7:30 am, deputies responded to a personal injury crash in the 2000 block of North State Road 46. Upon arrival, Captain David Steinkoenig and Hope Town Marshall Matt Tallent located a victim partially ejected from the vehicle, later identified as Kevin Burton, 50, of Columbus. Burton later passed away from his injuries while on scene.


Based on witness statements it appears that an SUV being driven by Tammy Janes 53, of Hope, was traveling southbound on State Road 46 just south of its intersection with State Road 9 along with Burton who was operating a pickup truck and was following behind. As those two drivers were traveling down the roadway the SUV being driven by Tracy Toddy, 32 of Hope, allegedly crossed the center line for an unknown reason. 


Again based on witness statements, Toddy’s vehicle struck Janes’ vehicle on the driver’s side rear bumper and then continued into the oncoming lane and struck Burton’s vehicle. After the collision Burton’s vehicle came to rest on its side with Burton entrapped underneath the vehicle. 


Janes was uninjured.  Toddy was flown north to Methodist for unknown injuries and Burton was pronounced deceased on scene.


The investigation for the accident is still ongoing.


Assisting agencies at the scene included Columbus Regional Hospital EMS, Columbus Fire Department, STAT Flight, Clay Township Fire Department, Hartsville Fire Department, Hope Police Department and the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.