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Man airlifted following two-vehicle collision

Monday, September 29, 2008

First responders check on the condition of a driver following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of United States 40 and County Road 200 W Monday morning. [Order this photo]
A Brazil man was airlifted via LifeLine to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, following a two-vehicle accident on United States 40 Monday morning.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the intersection of US 40 and County Road 200 West.

Upon arrival, officials witnessed the two-vehicle accident in the westbound lane of US 40.

According to information provided by CCSD, a witness to the accident said Michael Mcconnell, Brazil, driving a 1990 Dodge Colt, was traveling east on US 40 when he allegedly crossed into the westbound lane colliding with a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Robert Maesch, Staunton, who agreed with the statement provided by the witness.

"There was a witness behind the red truck," CCSD Dep. Josh Krause told The Brazil Times. "The white car was going east and the white car hit the truck.

"(Maesch) said the car crossed over into the westbound lane of traffic."

According to Krause, Mcconnell wastrapped in his vehicle and was removed by first responders. He was then airlifted via LifeLine to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. At press time, Mcconnell had sustained two broken legs, a broken pelvis, a concussion and a severe laceration on his left arm and was in surgery.

Maesch had complained of pain in his leg and chest. He was transported via TransCare to Union Hospital, Terre Haute.

Westbound traffic on US 40 was diverted to State Road 340 via CR 200 W, while eastbound traffic on US 40 was directed to one lane only.

Traffic flow was back to normal nearly 90 minutes following the accident.

In addition to CCSD, agencies responding to the accident included the Brazil City Police Department, the Brazil City Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, TransCare, LifeLine, and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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