A three-vehicle accident closed I-70 and backed up traffic for more than 3 miles along the highway Wednesday evening. The accident slowed traffic in Brazil for more than three hours as vehicles left the interstate to find alternate routes to their destinations until the westbound lane of I-70 was reopened for traffic.
By IVY HERRON
Traffic from I-70 lined the streets of Brazil for a couple of hours Wednesday evening after a three-vehicle accident caused the westbound lane of the highway to close.
Around 3:27 p.m. emergency personnel from Clay County were dispatched to the scene of a semi truck, pickup truck and SUV accident that started in the eastbound lane and ended in the westbound lane just across the Clay/Vigo county line, between the 16- and 17-mile markers, on I-70, about 6 miles west of S.R. 59.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department assisted with traffic control while Clay County Search and Rescue, Jackson Township and Posey Township volunteer fire departments assisted Vigo County emergency response personnel with the accident.
Air Evac was dispatched to the scene, but later called off when only one victim needed medical transport. The driver of the pickup, James Wilson, of Terre Haute, was taken by ambulance to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for a cut to the back of the head, according to Trooper Jason Owen.
No injuries were reported for the other two drivers involved in the accident-- Robert Segers, of Maryland, driving the SUV and Balwant Toor, of Canada, driving the semi.
According to officials the cause of the accident appears to be the vehicles were traveling too close to each other and were unable to avoid collision when the traffic slowed in the eastbound lane. The semi hit the pickup truck, forcing it into the back of the SUV and all three vehicles ended up in the westbound lane.
The accident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.