Redbird Garage driver Nick Glidden prepares to remove the black Ford Taurus from a ditch on the east side of S.R. 59 after being involved in a head-on collision late Thursday morning that caused traffic to back up and disruptions in water and telephone service for residents along Co. Rd. 700 N. Water can be seen bubbling up from a pipe that had its hydrant tore off by the Taurus, submerging a telephone junction box.
Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a two-car collision near the intersection of S.R. 59 and C.R. 700 N. caused traffic, water and telephone service problems for residents in the area.
According to officials at the scene, Amber Baker, of Reelsville, Ind., was traveling northbound on S.R. 59 when she reportedly looked away for a moment and crossed into the southbound lane, striking a vehicle owned by Stephen Morris, of Illinois.
"The point of impact was definitely in the southbound lane," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier said.
After impact, Baker's Ford Taurus spun around and slid backwards approximately 100 feet until leaving the west side of the road to land in a ditch.
A telephone junction box and a water hydrant were both tore out of the ground by Baker's car, causing residents in the area to experience problems with the two utilities.
Morris' vehicle spun around and came to rest approximately 100 feet from the point of impact facing north.
Clay County Search and Rescue personnel and Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department worked to remove the victims from the two vehicles while County Sheriff's deputies and Brazil City Police officers controlled traffic, which was backed up in both lanes of S.R. 59 for almost an hour.
Three victims were transported by Trans-Care to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Morris did not report any injuries, but Baker and an unidentified passenger in the Morris vehicle reported experiencing chest pains.
Workers from the Brazil City Water Department were on the scene to shut off the water before the vehicles were removed by Redbird Garage.