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Injuries sustained in two separate accidents

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Emergency response personnel analyze the scene of this accident on Interstate-70 late Friday night. Ivy Jackson Photo. [Order this photo]
Multiple residents were sent to the hospital following to separate accidents during the weekend.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Friday, Clay County Sheriff's Department K-9 Deputy Josh Clarke responded to an accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate-70 near the 24-mile marker.

According to Clarke, Tonja Hayes, Plainfield, was in the passing lane when her 1997 Ford Explorer allegedly crossed the center line, hitting the rear driver's side panel of a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Thomas Hardesty, Terre Haute. Both vehicles veered into the median before swerving off the south side of the road.

Hayes's vehicle rolled numerous times before landing upright on its wheels.

"We are still investigating this accident and are unsure at this time what caused her to cross into the other lane," Clarke said.

Two passengers in Hardesty's vehicle were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for minor injuries and were later released. Hayes was also sent to St. Vincent Clay, but was later transported by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for internal injuries.

Members of TransCare, Jackson and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Departments and Search and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Just after 11 p.m., Saturday, members of CCSD, Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jasonville Police Department responded to a separate accident, involving a head-on collision on County Road 500 West, just north of CR 1300 S.

Clarke said Kevin Wasnidge was traveling south on CR 500 W when his Chevy Pickup truck allegedly crossed into the northbound lane hitting a Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jack Farmer. Both Farmer and Wasnidge are from the Coalmont area.

Farmer and his granddaughter, who was the passenger, were sent to Greene County Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, while Wasnidge was transported by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Details are limited due to the ongoing accident investigations, but Clarke said charges might be filed in either incident.

"We are looking into the full details as to what happened in both accidents," he said. "There is a potential for charges to be filed once we complete the investigations."

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