A 1994 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Dolores E. Adams of Brazil was forced into a ditch after colliding with another vehicle, breaking an electric pole. The only passenger in the Adams car, Roberta J. Morthland of Brazil, was killed in the accident.
A two-car accident near the Clay-Vigo county line Tuesday resulted in the death of a Brazil woman.
Roberta J. Morthland, 76, of Brazil, the only passenger in a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Dolores E. Adams, 75, of Brazil, was killed when Adams drove her vehicle into the path of a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Phillip E. Johnson, 46, also of Brazil. Morthland sustained "sev-ere and fatal" internal injuries, according to an Indiana State Police press release. (See obituary, page 3.) Neither Adams nor Johnson sustained serious injuries, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier said.
Adams' vehicle was traveling east on U.S. 40 at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday when she attempted to turn north onto C.R. 425 W. Frazier said it was possible that a vehicle in the turn lane of westbound U.S. 40 may have blocked the driver's view of the oncoming vehicle driven by Johnson.
"The driver of the Grand Am had no time to react," Frazier said.
The impact of the collision forced Adams' vehicle off the north side of the road, where it broke an electric pole. The Grand Am driven by Johnson came to a stop in the roadway, causing traffic delays and a brief closure of westbound U.S. 40. Both vehicles were totaled in the accident. Johnson was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The investigation was handled by Indiana State Police Trooper Troy Cobb. Other responding agencies included the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Trans-Care, Clay County Search and Rescue and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.