Linda Sibley's 1998 Pontiac Grand AM received serious damage after leaving the road, hitting a culvert and going airborne for approximately 100 feet before coming to rest the opposite direction on the north side of the road. Sibley was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Around 11:15 a.m. Friday, several 911 calls alerted the Clay County Sheriff''s Department to a single-vehicle accident near 3273 E. U.S. 40.
Deputy Jason Frazier arrived at the scene to find a 1998 Pontiac Grand AM facing east on the north side of the road in a ditch.
Linda Sibley, 20, of Terre Haute, told officers that she was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 when the steering went out, causing her to loose control of the car. The vehicle left the road just east of the driveway to the McKinley House Bed & Breakfast and sent Sibley on a wild ride. The Grand AM traveled 246 feet before hitting a culvert and going airborne about 100 feet,
"The vehicle, which lost three wheels from hitting the culvert, performed a sort of pirouette in the air before coming to rest in the ditch on the north side of the road, facing the opposite direction," Frazier told The Brazil Times at the scene. "Sibley was complaining of pain from the waist down and an injured arm."
She was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans-Care.
Members of the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the accident which remains under investigation.