A man was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with minor injuries following a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 40 west of Brazil early Thursday evening.
At approximately 5:05 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the side of the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40 one-half mile east of the Staunton Road flashing traffic signals, Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jason Frazier told The Brazil Times.
A motorist dialed 911 after a white 1993 Chevy Cavalier, driven by Dale Blackwell, 74, Brazil, crossed both eastbound lanes to the center median. The vehicle then spun 180 degrees back over the eastbound lanes before settling off the shoulder of the road, over an embankment and into a tree on the south side of U.S. 40.
Firefighters from Posey Township Fire Dept. were forced to cut the door from Blackwell's vehicle to extricate him. The man, who sustained minor injuries, including a laceration to his head, was transported by Trans-Care Ambulance Service from the scene.
Traffic was reduced to a single lane for approximately one hour until the vehicle could be removed from the side of the roadway, Frazier said. CCSD deputies, Trans-Care workers and PTFD firefighters were on scene.