Brazil couple killed in Putnam Co.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A Brazil couple died following a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 40 east of Manhattan at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Teresa L. Kline, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Daniel Kline, 56, died after being airlifted to Methodist Hospital via LifeLine helicopter.

Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Don Pettit said winter weather is not believed to be a factor, and road conditions were not slick in the area of the crash.

Preliminary information shows that the minivan was eastbound on U.S. 40 when it veered off the right side of the road. Pettit said witnesses report the driver overcorrected, causing the van to spin sideways across the eastbound lanes into the median. It then rolled across the westbound lanes and went off the north side of the road down an embankment.

Both of the occupants of the van were ejected onto the north side of the westbound lanes, Pettit said. They were not wearing seatbelts.

"They were lying at the edge of the road," Pettit said. "The female was dead at the scene and the male was LifeLined with serious injuries."

Witnesses saw both people ejected, he said, and reported that the van rolled several times.

Pettit said it was unclear who was driving the minivan. The speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash will be determined through accident reconstruction.

All four lanes of the highway were closed for some time following the accident, Pettit said. The eastbound lanes were reopened first, but the westbound lanes were closed into the afternoon until the van could be recovered and the roadway cleared.

Assisting at the scene were sheriff's deputies Mike Johnson, Tom Helmer, Don Lewis, Operation Life ambulance, Reelsville firefighters, Cloverdale police and Deputy Coroner Steve Walters.

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