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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2004 1:00 am

DeMOTTE - Police recently identified the drivers of an accident that happened earlier last week just south of DeMotte.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a two-vehicle accident on Ind. 10 and County Road 1000 North, at approximately 5:35 p.m. Police said a green Mercury Mountaineer SUV, driven by Stephen A. Gamble, 19, of Calumet City, Ill., was traveling northbound on State Road 10 when the driver made a left turn just as a red 1986 Ford F150, driven by Merle G. Cooper, 69 of DeMotte, was traveling southbound.

"According to the report, Gamble made a left turn and struck the driver's side of the Ford F150," said Jasper County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Terry Risner. "Cooper said he tried to swerve but couldn't avoid the impact."

Risner continued to say that the leg of Cooper became trapped, which left an abrasion on his leg.

Witnesses said Cooper complained of stomach pain and was given medical treatment for a heart condition at the scene. Police also reported that Cooper was taken to Porter Memorial Hospital of Valparaiso by ambulance.

"The investigating officer, Dave Huckabay, later contacted the hospital and they said Cooper was doing well," Risner said.

Gamble complained of pain but refused medical treatment. The two passengers in the SUV were uninjured, according to police.

Huckabay was assisted by an officer from the Indiana State Police, according to Risner, who also said no citations were issued and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Also at the scene were the Keener Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Keener Township EMTs.

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