One man was fatally injured in a two vehicle crash on Harmony Road about 6:40 p.m. last night. According to the preliminary investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Jerry L. Barrett, 57, of Center Point was transported by Air Evac Lifeteam to Methodist Hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.
The accident occurred on Harmony Road south of the I-70 overpass when a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Tracey W. Burk, 35, Reelsville, was traveling westbound on CR 500 N. Burk apparently proceeded into the intersection with CR 200 E. (Harmony Road). It is unclear whether Burk stopped at the intersection or failed to.
Burk crossed into the path of the southbound 1993 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Barrett.
After impact, Barrett ran off the road, right, striking a concrete culvert which caused the vehicle to flip over onto its top where it came to rest. Barrett was not wearing safety equipment and was ejected from his truck. He was transported to Methodist Hospital where he later died apparently from internal and head injuries.
Burk's car sustained heavy damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. The rear right wheel was missing and the car was resting on its brake rotors. Burk was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle. He was air-lifted to Methodist Hospital. His condition was not known at press time.
There were two passengers in the Burk vehicle. Candace M. Godsey, 22, Brazil, and Dakota W. Martin, 14, Poland, were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. Neither were wearing seatbelts. They were both transported by Athens Ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital where they were treated for injuries. Their condition was unknown at press time.
Units from Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Conservation Officer, Jackson Twp. VFD, Clay County Search and Rescue, Athens Ambulance, Air Evac and Lifeline worked over 2 1/2 hours at the scene before the road could be opened. The investigation is still in progress concerning the cause of accident.