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Man airlifted after accident

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Clay City man was airlifted to an Indianapolis Hospital after an accident involving a vintage tractor returning home after the Clay City Tractor pulls last night.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Siddons was dispatched to an area near the intersection of S.R. 157 S. and C.R. 100 E.

According to the accident report, Richard A. Truax, 62, of Coal City, was on the way home with his 1945 McCormick Farmall M tractor from the tractor pull event at the Clay City Fair at a slow rate of speed, approximately 20 mph, when struck in the rear by an approaching vehicle.

Jacob C. Beckley, 17, of Clay City, apparently drove into the left rear tire of the tractor, which knocked Truax off it and into the windshield of Beckley's Chevy S10 pickup truck.

The only skid marks at the scene were from the tractor tires locking up after being hit according to Siddon's report.

The tractor went off the road into a ditch on the south side of the road while the truck left the north side of the road with Truax on the hood, traveling more than 100 feet before stopping.

Truax, who was treated by members of Trans-Care and released at the scene, suffered minor scratches from the glass in the windshield to his back.

Beckley was airlifted to Wishard Hospital by Air-Evac for head injuries.

The tractor was able to be driven away from the scene, but, due to the estimated $5,000 to $10,000 damage to the front end, Beckley's truck was towed away.

Clay City Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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