Three high school students were killed and three others were injured in a crash in Ripley County on Thursday. The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and County Road 850 West in Ripley County on the southeastern edge of the state, when a Dodge Ram 3500 and a Ford F250 collided. Authorities identified the three killed as Timothy Bowman, 17, of Osgood; Jacob Vogel, 18, of Versailles; and Samantha Hanson, 18, of Holton. The injured students were identified as Thomas Crawford, 17, of Dillsboro; Caleb Cumberworth, 15, of Holton; and Kayla Adkinson, 15, of Holton All six of the teens were students at South Ripley High School in Versailles and members of the FFA chapter. South Ripley Schools Supt. Rob Moorhead said the students were attending an all-day, school-approved FFA event at Hopewell Baptist Church.
Lt. Governor and Indiana Secretary of Agriculture Sue Ellsperman released a statement late Thursday afternoon, “On behalf of the agricultural community of Indiana, we join with the families and friends in Ripley County in mourning the tragic loss of three young lives. May the close-knit nature of our agricultural families, and the bonds developed in FFA, provide strength and comfort during this difficult time.” The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, which administers the state FFA program, said, “The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Indiana FFA Association were very saddened to hear about the events which took place in Versailles, Indiana earlier today. The loss of any life is tragic and heartbreaking. That heartbreak is only compounded when the loss of life happens to those who are so young. ISDA and the entire Association send our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the South Ripley FFA Chapter, the local community, and the many friends and family members of all who were involved in this tragic accident.”