Betty Garrett is moved on a stretcher after a Tuesday morning accident at the intersection of C.R. 225 W and U.S. 40 that also sent two other people to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
At 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, emergency personnel from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to a two- vehicle accident that briefly backed up traffic and sent three people to the hospital.
According to law enforcement on the scene, Betty Garrett, 77, of Brazil, was traveling northbound on C.R. 225 W in a 1993 Ford Tempo. While attempting to cross U.S. 40, she failed to yield the right-of-way to a westbound vehicle on the highway.
Due to wet pavement from early morning rain, Carrie Schirck, 29, of Brazil, was unable to stop her 1989 Chrysler LaBaron. She crashed into the passenger side of Garrett's vehicle, forcing it into a ditch off the right side of U.S. 40.
Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.
Garrett, who was complaining of chest pains, was taken by Trans-Care to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. A juvenile passenger in Garrett's vehicle had no visible injuries, but was also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Schirck refused medical treatment on the scene, but a passenger in her vehicle needed medical treatment. Lester Rivera, 29, of Brazil, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital because of bleeding due to minor head injuries.
Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Bricen Swearingen told The Brazil Times that although rain was not the initial cause of the accident, it did play a factor in the ability of the drivers to respond to the collision.
Deputy Jason Frazier and Brazil City Patrolman Todd Stemm worked traffic control as the vehicles were removed by Poor Boy's Towing and Salvage.