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Festival shopper involved in accident

Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Brazil City Fire Department Assistant Chief Jake Bennett and fireman Chris Moon use the fire truck's hose to clear away debris from an accident involving a grain truck and a car at the base of McBeth Hill in the area of 11263 N. St. Rd. 59. Mike Grove of Red Bird Garage can be seen clearing away broken glass from the busted rear window.

Traffic on north St. Rd. 59 was slowed for about a half-an-hour Wednesday afternoon when a grain truck collided with a car turning left to go to a yard sale in the area of 11263 N. St. Rd. 59.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Bricen Swearingen was dispatched to the scene around 12:30 p.m. after the driver of a vehicle not involved in the incident called 911.

According to officials on the scene, Derek Leinenbach, 31, of Jasper, was making a left turn near the bottom of McBeth Hill to go to a yard sale when he was struck in the rear driver's side of his 1998 Chevy Malibu by a grain truck owned by a local farmer.

The driver of the truck, Ronnie Wallace, 37, of Carbon, attempted to stop, but the momentum of coming down the hill with a full load of beans made it impossible. Deputy Swearingen told The Brazil Times that Wallace did an excellent job maintaining control of his vehicle under the circumstances, it was not damaged.

Leinenbach was treated on the scene by members of Trans-Care and released. Wallace did not sustain any injuries, but a bystander did.

The screeching of the truck's brakes and the loud impact of the vehicles sent two festival-goers, who were walking along the side of the road, diving out of the way for safety.

The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, were not seriously injured. The wife, who was checked by members of Trans-Care, said she was going to have her knee checked by a doctor.

"We thought we had had it," the husband said, helping his wife to their car. "We heard the brakes screech and ran to get out of the way."

Members of the Brazil City police and fire departments provided assistance as Red Bird Garage removed the car.

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