Shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, a two car collision just off I-70 exit 23 ramp on S.R. 59 sent three people to the hospital for minor injuries.
"This is an extremely bad section of the road for motorists traveling along S.R. 59," Clay County Sheriff Deputy Josh Clarke said at the scene which has had two wrecks in the last four days. "People really need to be cautious in this area."
Breanna Taylor, of Vincenes, Ind., was turning north from the I-70 off ramp when her 2000 Grand Am was struck broadside by a 2005 GMC Yukon driven by Scott Kellett, of Terre Haute, Ind., as he traveled south on S.R. 59. Kellett reported that he was unable to avoid the collision.
Several victims were treated at the scene by Trans-Care, Jackson Twn. Vol. Fire Dept. and Clay Co. Search and Rescue personnel and released, but three were transported to local hospitals as a precautionary measure. Details regarding the condition of Taylor, who was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, and Kellett's wife and 2-year-old daughter, who were taken to Union Hospital, were not available as of press time.
The 2-year-old's injuries were sustained when the seat belt holding the child restraint seat she was sitting in came loose during the accident and threw the seat forward.
The level of minor injuries were credited by law enforcement and rescue workers at the scene to the victims use of proper safety restraints.
Traffic on the I-70 off ramp and the north and south lanes of S.R. 59 was backed up for a little more than a half an hour until the two vehicles were removed from the scene by Redbird Garage.