Five people reported injured in accident in rural Murdock

Five people reported injured in accident in rural Murdock

MURDOCK — Five people were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana following an accident in rural Murdock on Friday afternoon.

According to a state police report, J. Chris Bradford, 38, of Ashmore, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulling an enclosed two-axle trailer behind it west on U.S. 36 near County Road 2200 E at 4:04 p.m. Friday when weather conditions caused the trailer to jackknife to the right, spinning the truck around counter-clockwise.

The truck crossed the center line and entered the east lane, where Rachel V. Ranard, 30, of Dugger, Ind., was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima, headed east.

Ranard's vehicle struck the rear right corner of Bradford's vehicle, halting its momentum and causing the trailer to tip over to the right on top of Ranard's vehicle.

Ranard and four passengers, Beth Reed, 60, of Sullivan, Ind.; Molly Ranard, 7, of Dugger, Ind.; Sophia Ranard, 4, of Dugger, Ind.; and Gabrielle Ranard, seven months, of Dugger, Ind., were all taken by ambulance to Carle, which had no reports on their conditions on Friday night.

All of them were wearing either seat belts or child restraints, according to the police report.

Police reported no injuries to Bradford or his passenger, Dale Haycraft, 57, of Humboldt, both of whom were wearing seat belts.

No tickets had been issued as of Friday night.

State police were assisted at the scene by the Douglas County sheriff's office, the Camargo Fire Department and the Newman Fire Department.

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