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Accident details released

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Officials released more details about a fatal two-vehicle accident in an area near State Road 59 South and County Road 700 East in Parke County Sunday afternoon.

Although the accident is still under investigation by the Parke County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police Trooper and Accident Reconstructionist Chris Carter provided The Brazil Times with more information.

Carter said the heavy rainstorm that occurred shortly before 3 p.m., Sunday, was a factor in the accident that killed two Clay County residents, Steven R. Swaim Jr., 35, Brazil, and Jane A. Oday, 56, Carbon.

"There was a sharp curve in the road just before the accident scene and it was raining pretty heavy," Carter said. "Oday's vehicle apparently hydroplaned on the water and then spun around into the southbound lane before it was struck in the passenger side by Swaim's vehicle."

Both drivers were transported and later pronounced dead at St. Vincent Clay Hospital from apparent injuries from the accident.

As part of normal procedures in a fatal accident investigation, the Clay County Coroner's Office arranged autopsies for both victims Tuesday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

On Wednesday, after notifying both families, Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen released Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr's preliminary autopsy results.

Swaim died from massive blunt force trauma to the head and chest, while Oday died from blunt force trauma to the chest.

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