Proper child restraint use helped save the lives of two children involved in a rollover accident late Sunday evening, while the two adults involved were transported to Wishard Hospital for their injuries.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, an unidentified resident in an area four miles south of Clay City on State Road 59 reported to officials that he heard what sounded like an accident and went to investigate. Unable to locate the vehicle at first, the resident said he heard two juvenile boys, still buckled into their booster seats, yelling for help, which led him to the scene of the accident.
The driver, Bruce England, 27, Indianapolis, had been ejected during the accident while a female passenger in the front seat, Amanda Riddell, 26, Indianapolis, was trapped inside the vehicle.
England, Riddell and the children were returning home after visiting family members in Linton at the time of the accident.
Upon arrival of members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay City and Lewis township volunteer fire departments, it took approximately 40 minutes to free Riddell from the car.
AirEvac and Lifeline air ambulances transported Riddell and England to Wishard Hospital for treatment of their injuries, while family members took the two boys to Wishard Hospital where medical personnel checked them.
The Brazil Times spoke to an unidentified family member by phone at Wishard Hospital Monday afternoon. They said doctors were "keeping a close watch" on England, who was still the intensive care unit, but his vital signs were getting stronger. They also said that Riddell was in stable condition after surgery to repair a broken arm and the two boys were fine, but they did suffer bruising in the areas where they were restrained in their booster seats.
A preliminary investigation of the accident by sheriff's deputies Jerry W. Siddons and Josh Clarke determined the vehicle was traveling northbound on S.R. 59 when it left the roadway for an unknown reason, struck an embankment and flipped six times before coming to rest on it's wheels in a cornfield.
"It's a miracle the boys were not hurt," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "This shows that proper use of child restraint seats saves lives."
The accident remains under investigation.