By IVY HERRON
Around 6:10 p.m. Saturday, a 911 call from a witness reported a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of C.R. 235 W. and U.S. 40 that claimed the lives of two local teenagers and sent two others to the hospital.
According to a press release from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Wesley Coffey, 17, of Brazil, failed to yield the right-of-way to eastbound traffic while attempting to cross U.S. 40 southbound on C.R. 235.
Traveling eastbound in her van, Emilie Barnett, 36, of Terre Haute, hit the passenger's side of Coffey's 1996 Plymouth Neon.
Upon arrival at the scene, Clay County Sheriff's Deputies Brison Swearingen and Jerry Siddons immediately called Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen Jr.
Two passengers in the Coffey vehicle, Daniel L. Batchelor, 18, of Staunton, and Brianna L. Wilkerson, 18, of Brazil, were pronounced dead on the scene.
Swearingen told The Brazil Times that autopsies are scheduled to be performed on the
two victims by Dr. Roland Khor at 10 a.m. Monday in Terre Haute.
Coffey was transported by Air-Evac to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, while the third passenger, Franklyn J. Bailey 19, of Brazil, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans-Care ambulance.
For precautionary reasons, Emilie Barnett was also taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, where she was treated and later released.
Details about the patients' condition were unavailable as of press time.
Traffic on U.S. 40 was stopped in the westbound lane until shortly after 7:30 p.m., and in the eastbound lane until shortly after 8 p.m., Saturday, as Indiana State Police Trooper Mick D. McClanahan performed an accident reconstruction as part of the ongoing investigation into the accident.
Other agencies responding to the accident were the Brazil City Police Department, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue.