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Breaking NewsCollision in Tell City kills one, critically injures two

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Van traveling wrong way strikes three oncoming vehicles

By The Staff

UPDATE, 4:02 P.M. TUESDAY: John Crawford, 68, of Tell City, who was injured in Monday's four-vehicle crash near the intersection of Indiana 66 and Washington Street in Tell City, died at University Hospital in Louisville.

UPDATE, 8:20 A.M. TUESDAY: Police are investigating the possibility that Crawford suffered a medical episode that caused him to lose control of the vehicle. He was involved in an accident on 12th Street several years ago that was attributed to a medical reason.

INITIAL STORY (POSTED MONDAY NIGHT): TELL CITY – One person was killed and two others critically injured Monday afternoon in a four-vehicle crash near the intersection of Indiana 66 and Washington Street in Tell City. Police said Mary Sheldon, 72, of Tell City died from injuries sustained in the collision, which was reported at 3:58 p.m. She was a passenger in a 2005 Chevrolet van driven by John Crawford, 68, of Tell City. Police said Crawford was traveling north on Indiana 66 but crossed over into the southbound lanes, colliding with three oncoming vehicles. First to be hit was a 2003 Ford driven by Laurinda Vanconey, 60, of Cannelton. The van continued north and struck a 1986 Dodge pickup truck driven by Steven Preston, 48, of Cannelton. Police said that impact sent the van spinning into the path of a1990 Buick driven by Jessie Ambrose, 20, of Tell City. The van finally overturned onto its side, coming to rest in the concrete median that divides the north and southbound lanes. Crawford and Sheldon had to be extricated from the van. Sheldon was pronounced dead at Perry County Memorial Hospital at 4:32 p.m. Crawford was flown to the University of Louisville Medical Center and was listed Monday night in critical condition, as was a passenger in Preston’s truck, 34-year-old Chad Preston. Ambrose complained of knee pain and was transported to Perry County Memorial Hospital. Vanconey and the other occupants of her car were not hurt. Police said all three drivers noticed the van in the wrong lane and tried to avoid a collision. Police did not release details of Steven Preston's injuries or the relationship between the two men. Police said Sheldon and Crawford were boyfriend and girlfriend. Indiana 66 was closed for more than three hours. This is a developing story. Watch for updates. (Note: This story has been corrected to note a previous accident involving Crawford occurred several years ago, not two as originally reported.)