Members of the Clay County Sheriff's, Brazil City Police and Brazil City Fire departments, Clay County Search and Rescue, Dick Johnson, Posey, Van Buren and Jackson township volunteer fire departments and members of TransCare Ambulance were run ragged assisting with what 911 dispatchers said felt like "non-stop" medical runs, vehicle accidents and non-emergency calls for assistance.
During the weekend, local law enforcement officials responded to at least nine accidents as of press time Sunday. Three accidents occurred Saturday and six on Sunday.
Around 10:20 a.m., Saturday, officials were dispatched to a two-vehicle t-bone collision on Kennedy Crossing Road. Although officials feared the worst, only minor injuries were reported at the scene.
At 4 p.m., a two-vehicle accident on I-70 slowed traffic and closed a portion of the highway for approximately two hours while officials cleared the area. Only minor injuries were reported.
At 6:45 p.m., officials were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in an area near County Road 600 North and Cory/Staunton Road. Only minor injuries were reported.
On Sunday, it got even more hectic as a deer and a cow got involved with early morning traffic.
Around 5 a.m., a cow was killed in a single-vehicle accident in an area near CR 800 North and State Road 59. A half-hour later, a deer was killed in another single-vehicle accident near CR 700 N and State Road 59. No injuries were reported at either scene.
Around 3 p.m., local officials responded to an accident initially reported in Clay County. However, the accident was located in Parke County. Two individuals were seriously injured in the accident, which is under investigation by the Parke County Sheriff's Department. Further information is unavailable at this time.
Shortly after 4 p.m., a car hit a motorcycle that apparently lost control while traveling eastbound on United States 40 near the intersection with CR 200 W. Two people were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for undisclosed injuries. The accident is under investigation.
"It's been hectic," CCSD Deputy Josh Krause and BCPD Sgt. Mark Loudermilk both told The Brazil Times Sunday afternoon.