Columbus teen hospitalized after crash

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.
A Columbus teen is fighting for his life after a Sunday night crash in Bartholomew County. At approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of E CR100 S and S CR650 E. The driver, 19-year-old Philip Artis, was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Artis’s condition is unknown at this time. The driver of the second vehicle, 33-year-old Aaron Klene, of North Vernon, was not hurt. A witness told deputies that Artis was driving southbound on 650 E when he failed to stop at the intersection of 650 E and 100 S. The witness also reported that Klene tried to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so.

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