The driver of an armored car died and his co-driver was hospitalized following the crash of the vehicle at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday on S.R. 46, about a mile west of Bowling Green.
The names of the two people were not released by press time Friday pending notification of family members.
Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Barr said the armored car was traveling eastbound on S.R. 46 when it ran off the road. The driver lost control when trying to put the car back on the pavement. The vehicle then ran off the road again, down an embankment, became airborne across a ditch and then overturned, Barr said in a press release.
Thirty to 45 minutes elapsed from the time of the crash until the co-driver could be removed from the vehicle.
Inside the vehicle was "a secured box -- basically a steel box" that had to be removed in order to get the co-driver out, said Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband. Emergency workers used torches and then cutters to free the co-driver.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the co-driver was transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute by the Trans-Care ambulance service.
A sign on the vehicle indicated the car was operated by AT Systems, Inc. A call to AT Systems by The Brazil Times was not returned by press time Friday.
Ken Talley, of Indianapolis, was driving a semi eastbound on S.R. 46 when he arrived at the crash scene.
Talley said he did not see the accident, but it looked as if a rear tire had blown, possibly causing the crash.
S.R. 46 was closed and traffic re-routed for about five hours. It was re-opened at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Units from the Sheriff's Department, the Center Point Town Marshal, Clay County Search and Rescue and firefighters from Bowling Green, Center Point, Jackson and Lewis volunteer fire departments responded to the scene of the accident.