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On May 6, 1832, Joseph left Independence in the company of Sidney Rigdon and Bishop Whitney to return to Kirtland. Their intended route took them by coach from Independence (via St. Louis), across Indiana, and into New Albany, Indiana, near the falls of the Ohio River. Just before they arrived in New Albany, Joseph reported that the coach's horses were frightened by something and started galloping at their full speed. To save themselves from impending disaster, the brethren decided to jump from the coach. Bishop Whitney jumped first, but caught his foot in the wheel of the coach. His leg and foot were broken in several places. Joseph jumped from the coach unhurt. We're not told if Sidney jumped or not.
Because of Bishop Whitney's injuries, they stopped at Mr. Porter's Public House in Greenville, Indiana. They were forced to stay there for four weeks while Bishop Whitney's injuries healed. Sidney, apparently unhurt in the incident, continued on to Kirtland.