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Head-on collision results in two being airlifted from scene

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Emergency response personnel work quickly to remove one of two victims of a head-on collision involving two pickup trucks Tuesday evening just east of Wal-Mart on U.S. 40. Both drivers were airlifted to hospitals in Indianapolis.
A sleepy driver was the cause of a two-vehicle head-on collision Tuesday evening just east of Wal-Mart on U.S. 40 that caused both drivers to be airlifted to hospitals in Indianapolis.

Around 5:18 p.m., deputies Jason Frazier, James Switzer and Homer Knopp were dispatched to the scene of the accident near 715 E. U.S. 40, just east of Tower Road.

Switzer said Betty K. Nodley, 77, Greencastle, admitted she fell asleep while driving westbound on U.S. 40 to deliver a black pickup truck to a local car dealership in Clay County before being transported by Trans-Care to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment to stabilize her condition.

She was later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

"The driver said she heard a loud boom and woke up to find herself in an accident," Switzer said.

Apparently, once Nodley fell asleep at the wheel, the black pickup crossed the center line and crashed into the front driver's side of a silver pickup truck traveling eastbound.

After impact, Nodley's vehicle slid on its side approximately 55 feet before catapulting into a flip and roll before stopping almost 100 feet from impact.

Leaving approximately 44 feet of skid marks from trying to brake to avoid the collision, the other driver's vehicle spun around and ended up in a yard of a home on the south side of the highway less than 10 feet from point of impact.

Members of the Brazil City Police Department slowed traffic while members of Clay County Search and Rescue and Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department used an extraction device to remove Mark W. Abney Sr., 53, Brazil, from his silver pickup truck.

Emergency response personnel treated his injuries -- serious lacerations to the upper left shoulder area and the neck and throat area -- and stabilized Abney before transporting him by ambulance to a waiting Air-Evac air ambulance in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Abney was taken to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

The unit was unable to get any closer to the accident scene due to the close proximity of the power lines to the highway.

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