Members of Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department and Trans-Care talk to the victim of a single vehicle rollover on U.S. 42 Wednesday morning. The victim had been involved in an earlier accident the same day, on the same road.
By IVY HERRON
A Coalmont woman, involved in two accidents within a mile of each other, in less than an hour, was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover late Wednesday morning.
"At this time we don't know if she's experiencing medical problems or is under the influence of something other than alcohol," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pierce said at the second accident scene involving Corinne Hutcheson, 29. "I worked an accident about an hour ago where Hutcheson rear-ended a van driven by Alicia Reed-Thomas, of Coal City, just up the road at the intersection of U.S. 42 and S. R. 59."
According to Deputy Pierce, Reed's van sustained minor damage in the collision, but Hutcheson's small pickup truck sustained damage to the front end although she was able to drive it away from the scene.
No injuries were reported at the first accident scene.
About an hour later, shortly before 11 a.m., Hutcheson was traveling westbound on U.S. 42 when her truck left the road on the north side. When she tried to get back on the road, she overcorrected and went into the eastbound lane, off the road. She went into a ditch and drove along the roadside until hitting an embankment at a driveway. Hutcheson's truck then went airborne about 30 feet, hit the ground and rolled twice before landing inverted with the cab in the ditch, according to officials on the scene.
Members of Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department were able to remove Hutcheson from the truck without cutting the truck to get her out.
Deputy Pierce said blood tests would be performed at St. Vincent Hospital to check for a possible medical condition or other factors that could have impaired Hutcheson's ability to drive.
Further details are not available while the Clay County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the accident.