At about 12:13 p.m., officials from the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Trans Care, Clay County Search and Rescue, Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene after a vehicle struck a semi-tractor trailer.
"Luckily, it was a side swipe and not a head-on collision," ISP Senior State Trooper Matt Ames told The Brazil Times. "We're lucky it wasn't a head-on collision."
Ames said the driver of the passenger vehicle, Phyllis Ridinger, 78, Jasonville, was traveling north on SR 59 when it veered into the southbound lane, striking the semi-tractor trailer, driven by Rick Kemp, 54, Indianapolis.
Officials had to use the Jaws of Life and a reciprocating saw to extricate Ridinger and passenger Karen Dickey, 49, Jasonville, who were entrapped for approximately 20 minutes, from the vehicle.
Ames said the Ridinger was taken by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, after complaining of chest pain and confusion. Dickey was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans Care for chest pains. Kemp was not injured in the accident which ISP officials say alcohol was not involved.
According to a press release from ISP, Ridinger was cited for driving left of center.
"This crash should serve as a reminder that seatbelts and air bags do save lives and reduce injuries," Ames said.