Authorities report speed and the weather were factors in a Saturday accident that sent three juveniles to the hospital for minor injuries.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Van Buren and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments responded to a single car accident just south of the intersection of C.R. 1000 N and C.R. 500 E.
According to the accident report filed by Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pierce, a male and two females were in a 1998 Mercury heading southbound on C.R. 500 E when the accident occurred.
The driver said he lost control of the car when swerving to miss a dog in the road.
A police investigation determined the location of three vehicle impact marks on the road. This information led officers to believe the vehicle had been speeding along the rain covered road when it reached the crest of a hill and went airborne for approximately 60-feet before landing, crushing the front end and causing the driver to lose control.
In what Deputy Pierce described as a "ping pong effect," the vehicle skidded into the embankment on the east side of the road, bounced back and went airborne approximately another 45-feet, flipped on it's side before righting itself and skidded across the road to stop at the embankment on the west side.
Frightened and a little shaken up by the accident, the driver and two female passengers suffered only minor injuries, but were taken by Trans-Care to St. Vincent Clay Hospital as a precautionary measure.
Further details were unavailable as of press time.