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Thursday morning accident spares three lives, damages lawn mower

Friday, May 5, 2006

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Brazil City Police Captain Andy Whittington discusses the accident scene with Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer Thursday morning. No one was injured in the three-vehicle accident at the intersection of S.R. 340 and N. C.R. 200 W.

Around 8:20 a.m. Thursday, a 911 call reported a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of S.R. 340 and N. C.R. 200 W.

Brazil City Police Captain Andy Whittington arrived on the scene to find the drivers had received minor injuries. Each driver was wearing a seat belt and two of the vehicles' airbags deployed at the time of the accident.

According to the report filed by Whittington, the accident occurred when Keaton Robertson, 16, of Brazil, became distracted while traveling westbound on S.R. 340 and was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with two vehicles stopped on the road.

Speed was not listed as a factor in the accident report.

Robertson's 1998 Ford Ranger pickup hit the back of a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Michael King, 17, of Brazil, forcing it into the back of a trailer carrying lawn mowers. The trailer then hit the back of a 2003 Chevy pickup truck owned by Rodney Sneath, 50, of Terre Haute. King had stopped his vehicle behind Sneath, who was waiting to turn south on N. C.R. 200 W.

Robertson's and King's vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to substantial damage. Sneath was able to drive his truck from the scene, but his trailer was damaged. A Dixie Chopper lawn mower on the trailer was also damaged during the accident.

Brazil City Fire Department worked traffic control and cleared the road of debris after the vehicles were removed from the scene.

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