It is unclear what caused a single vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that sent a Carbon woman to the hospital, but officials are sure that proper use of safety belts kept the accident from being far worse.
"The proper use of safety belts was definitely a factor in saving lives during this accident," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Hardey said. "This just shows that people need to wear their safety belts at all times of the year, and especially during bad weather."
According to officials at the scene, Mary L. Trefz, 57, Carbon, was traveling southbound when she left the road near 11275 N. Meridian Street for unknown reasons and went down a steep embankment into a ditch on the east side of the road.
TransCare personnel transported Trefz to St. Vincent Clay Hospital after complaining of pain following the accident. She was treated for minor head injuries and/or a possible concussion and later released from the hospital.
A properly restrained unidentified 16-month-old child passenger was not injured during the accident.
Members of Clay County Search and Rescue, Indiana State Police, Brazil City Fire Department and Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the accident.