Emergency personnel from Search and Rescue, Jackson Twn. and Van Buren Vol. Fire Departments and Trans-Care work together to remove Mary Jo Betzen, of Edmond, Okla., from her van damaged in an accident at the Pilot Travel and Gas Center yesterday afternoon just north of I-70.
"This is a dangerous intersection for the county due to the heavy traffic from semi trailers from the highway," Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Ames said at an accident scene in front of Pilot Travel and Gas Center yesterday. "People really need to be aware of the danger and slow down when in this area."
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mary Jo Betzen, of Edmond, Okla., turned south onto S.R. 59 from the gas station without yielding the right of way to a county highway truck driven by Terry Funk, of Cory, Ind.
Funk, who was uninjured in the accident, was unable to stop in time, and the two vehicles collided.
Betzen had to be extricated from her van by members of Search and Rescue, Jackson Twn. and Van Buren Vol. Fire Departments using rescue equipment to pry the door off of the vehicle.
Officials at the scene reported that Betzen had sustained back injuries, but to what extent it was unknown at press time. She was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans-Care.
Deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department controlled traffic, which was slowed for about a half an hour, while the victim was removed from the vehicle and Red Bird Garage removed the vehicle.