TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One man was airlifted from the scene of a crash Thursday night in Tippecanoe County that closed down a portion of State Road 25.
Sheriff's deputies said it happened just after 10 p.m. on 25 between Shadeland and West Point.
Investigators say 74-year-old Jack Kelsey of West Point, Ind., was driving a minivan west on 25, his van approaching a westbound tractor pulling a "disk ripper," which was driven by 35-year-old Max Rayburn of Attica.
For unknown reasons, Kelsey did not see the tractor and collided with the rear of the ripper portion of the farm equipment, which caused the tractor and disk ripper to spin counter-clockwise and veer into the eastbound lane of State Road 25.
An eastbound pickup truck driven by 50-year-old Dane Griffin of West Point then collided with the farm tractor before veering off into the ditch along the south side of the roadway.
Kelsey's minivan came to rest on its side facing east, tangled with the disk ripper.
The Sheriff's Office says Kelsey and Griffin both had to be extricated from their vehicles.
Kelsey was airlifted from the scene and taken to an Indianapolis hospital. As of 9:45 a.m. Friday his condition was unknown.
Griffin was transported to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. Rayburn was not injured and didn't need medical treatment. Deputies said he was still taken to the hospital for blood tests.
"It's just standard protocol. Anytime there's a serious bodily injury, in a case like this, we just want to make sure there's no foul play. They get taken away and tested like that with a blood draw," said Deputy Tim Rooze.
At this time, deputies said drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.
A crash reconstructionist responded to the scene as well as the Shadeland and West Point Fire Departments. State Road 25 was closed for roughly 4 hours while crews investigated and cleared the scene.
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