Authorities closed State Road 159 for several hours and local residents went without power after a two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Coal City man shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
According to a press release by Clay County Sheriff's Deputy James Switzer, a red Ford F-250 with an attached trailer was traveling north on S.R. 159 near an area north of C.R. 1200 S. when a white passenger car pulled into the same lane. A witness who was following the truck said it veered left to avoid striking the car, went off the road into a ditch and flipped over.
Members of the Indiana State Police, Lewis and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments, Hymera and Clay City town marshals, Southwestern and TransCare ambulances and Air-Evac also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, emergency response personnel discovered the Ford F-250 inverted with the trailer still attached in a ditch on the west side of the highway. The truck had struck a utility pole, breaking it off at the base while sliding along the ditch.
The driver of the truck, Jeffrey Albright, 52, was found lying partially outside the truck with chest injuries amidst live power lines. Once removed, Albright was transported to Sullivan County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities have not released the name of the 17-year old female driver from Jasonville, who told authorities she was pulling out of a driveway when the truck struck the front of her car. Suffering hand injuries, she was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where she was treated and later released.
The accident remains under investigation.