A two-car crash in the 1600 block of Clifty Drive claimed the life of a Madison man and injured three others at about 10 p.m. Sunday. Daniel Deeg, 70, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were flown to a Louisville trauma center. (Madison Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
A two-car crash in the 1600 block of Clifty Drive claimed the life of a Madison man and injured three others at about 10 p.m. Sunday. Daniel Deeg, 70, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene and two others were flown to a Louisville trauma center. (Madison Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Local authorities were busy throughout the weekend with three injury accidents — two with fatalities — a three-hour standoff involving a man threatening to jump from the Milton-Madison Bridge and a drowning on the Ohio River in Clark County.

A single car accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old Hanover woman on Friday morning while a two-car head-on collision sent three people to area hospitals with serious injuries and claimed the life of a 70-year-old Madison man.

Brooklynn Nicole Phillips, 24, of Hanover, was driving east in the 200 block of East Lagrange Road in Hanover at about 7:29 a.m. Friday when she lost control of her car for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway, went airborne and overturned ejecting Phillips near Turner’s Body Shop.

First responders dispatched to the scene were transporting Phillips to a Louisville area hospital when she died from her injuries at about New Washington.

The second fatal crash of the weekend took place at about 9:46 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Clifty Drive when a vehicle driven by Randall Clutter, 21, of New Albany, collided with a car driven by Daniel Deeg, 70, of Madison, near Madison Assembly of God.

The accident remains under investigation but the Clutter vehicle looked to be traveling west on Clifty Drive while the Deeg vehicle was heading east when for unknown reasons Clutter’s Cadillac SVS crossed the center line and the vehicles collided head-on. The impact spun the smaller Deeg vehicle around and against the westbound curb.

Daniel Deeg was pronounced dead at the scene while two passengers in the vehicle, his son, Connor Deeg, and a female passenger, were both transported to area hospitals. Connor Deeg was taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital by surface ambulance while the female was flown to University Hospital in Louisville by helicopter. Clutter was transported to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Emergency Room and later flown to University Hospital by helicopter.

Madison Police Department Patrolman Brad Demaree is the lead investigator in the crash and is being assisted by an Indiana State Police accident reconstructionist. Information so far is preliminary and the investigation is ongoing.

Madison Police also responded to a personal injury accident on Friday at McCubbin Motors, 301 E. Clifty Drive.

A vehicle driven by William T. Hoffman, 72, of Madison, backed into a work bay of the vehicle service department at a high rate of speed, striking McCubbin employee Daniel A. Price, 30, of Madison.

Hoffman told police the accident occurred when the 2016 Ford Expedition he was driving sped out of control in reverse. He said he applied the brake but the vehicle failed to stop, an MPD release said.

Price, a mechanic at the dealership, was standing outside the building and attempted to avoid being struck but was unable to avoid the vehicle. He sustained a severe injury to his right leg and was transported to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Emergency Room and later flown to the University Hospital trauma center in Louisville.

Hoffman was also transported to KDH and later flown to University Hospital with neck and back injuries suffered when the SUV sustained heavy damage both front and rear when it was wedged in the garage door opening. Both Hoffman and Price’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

A passenger in the Hoffman vehicle, Tim Hoffman, 70, Madison, was treated and released at KDH.

The investigation, which is being led by Patrolman Demaree, is ongoing. He is being assisted by an Indiana State Police accident reconstructionist.

Meanwhile, Madison Police and several other law enforcement agencies and first responders were dispatched to the Milton-Madison Bridge late Friday night after a caller reported seeing a man on the bridge threatening to jump.

Police were at the bridge twice on Friday, an initial call at 7:14 p.m. and then the call concerning a possible jumper at 10:55 p.m. They arrived to find a man in the service catwalk under the span threatening to jump off the bridge and into the Ohio River.

The bridge was closed to traffic from about 11 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday as police and EMS units set up on the span trying to talk the man down and into custody. Meanwhile, as word of the standoff spread, a crowd gathered along Vaughn Drive sitting in cars, on benches and along the curb to watch the situation unfold with come forming groups to pray for the man’s safety.

The Milton Fire and Rescue Water Rescue boat was launched in the event that the man jumped or fell and Hanover Police Department launched its drone to provide video surveillance during the standoff.

The man, whom police did not identify, stayed primarily on the Madison end of the spans and could be heard shouting until about 1:30 a.m. when first responders turned off the flashing lights on their vehicles and the scene got quiet. Soon after that, the standoff ended and the man was in a King’s Daughters’ Hospital ambulance heading to the local Emergency Room with officers riding along.

MPD was also assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and police in Kentucky.

Elsewhere, Indiana Conservation Officers on Monday recovered the body of a man who went missing in the Ohio River Saturday night.

The body of Harold Snook, 52, of Crestwood, Kentucky, was recovered at 8:32 a.m. Monday, approximately one-half mile south of where he went missing near Fourteen Mile Creek in Charlestown.

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with units from the Louisville Metro Police Water Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Oldham County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky Fish & Wildlife, American Medical Response and Charlestown Fire Department had responded to a report of a person in the water Saturday night. They searched the area in boats using sonar but were unable to locate Snook until Monday.