Shortly after 11 a.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare responded to the accident in a yard north of the westbound lane, across from the House of Hope, 5525 West United States 40.
Bryan Kennedy, 18, Staunton, told The Brazil Times he was on his way to visit a friend in Terre Haute when his Ford Ranger began to slide around on the rain-soaked road.
"I was going backwards for a while just before I hit the ditch and the pole," he said. "I don't think my tires helped any."
Kennedy, who has owned the truck for only three months, said it was totaled while pointing out the vehicle's bent frame.
Refusing medical treatment at the scene, Kennedy signed a waiver with TransCare personnel.
"I don't even have a bruise," Kennedy said, adding that he was wearing a seatbelt during the time of the accident. "I have a headache, but that's all."
Although it is currently being investigated, CCSD K-9 Handler/Deputy Brison Swearingen said driving conditions because of the rainy weather and the speed of the vehicle, although it may not have been above the speed limit at the time of the incident, were apparently going to be factors in the accident.
Bryan's father Jeff Kennedy agreed, saying, "People have to drive with safety in mind at all times."