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I-70 fatality, Brazil clogged with traffic

Monday, October 6, 2008

Officials estimate traffic to remain backed up in Brazil until around noon because of a fatal accident in the eastbound lane of Interstate-70 early Monday morning.

According to Indiana State Police officials at the Putnamville Post, the single-vehicle accident took place sometime around 5 a.m., Monday, near the Clay/Putnam County line on the interstate.

Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, apparently the driver of a semi left the road for unknown reasons, hit a bridge abutment and rolled over, killing the driver.

Emergency response personnel are in the area clearing debris and attempting to remove the semi at this time. They are hopeful the road will be reopened by noon.

The name of the victim will not be released until authorities can notify the family.

Currently, traffic is being rerouted off I-70 at exit 23, north onto State Road 59, then east on United States 40 until it can be turned south on State Road 231 and ultimately returned to I-70.

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Not really a free for all but people have to stop and then let the other three people at the intersections go on before they do. Actually I drove through town both east and west this morning and turning the lights to flasher mode from 59 east did keep things moving a little better through town though I heard that there was quite a long line still coming up 59 from the south. I don't think a traffic cop could have done much more except for those who don't know what to do at a 4 way stop when there are multiple lanes of traffic.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 1:57 PM

I actually saw Chief Archer out doing what he could for such a big surprise at that time of the morning. It's hard to direct traffic with just one police officer on duty and I don't expect him to be out there directing traffic and taking calls at the same time. Get a clue unoit.

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 2:36 PM

All I seen Harrison do was eat at Mario's

-- Posted by mdh1175 on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 2:56 PM

Maybe Chief Archer is actually doing the chief's job & doesn't have time to be out directing traffic!

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 6:30 PM

This seems to be an ongoing problem. Every time there is a closure on I-70 it turns into a mini fiasco.

We need a plan to address this situation with a standard response every time it happens. Not a case by case knee jerk response. I realize that our department is short staffed but since we are talking about US40 and SR59 there should be some State and County responsibility here.

Also we need to work on a plan to help the traffic situation during the Covered Bridge Festival. Traffic backs up literally for miles in each direction. The 4 way stop at Hendrix and SR59. Also the ill timed lights at US40 and SR59 and Jackson and SR59 are a disaster.

Not a very good impression to give visitors to our town. Maybe our new City motto should be something like "Visit Brazil the Biggest Speed Bump In the Mid West"

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:27 AM

I work on the east end of town and never saw an officer. I think Mitch has to step in before we can get any action with I-70.

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 12:44 PM

"ha ha get a clue mens...there was noone at noon when I was in town.

-- Posted by unoit on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 5:01 PM"

What exactly is "noone"?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:42 PM

Shame on that man for getting killed and making your trip through town take a little longer.

-- Posted by sceptic on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 12:18 AM

I was going to write this as a letter to the editor however, I want to express what is going on when traffic is dumped into Brazil. Traffic is routed onto state road 59 and then onto 40. Both of these are state roads and deserve state officer attention. There is no way that Brazil Police Department can handle paying overtime for their officers to come in and work every time I-70 is closed. Write to Mitch Daniels and ask for state police officers to help out with directing traffic. They did a great job when the big flood came, and it helped out. But they need to realize this happens ALL the time.

The lights are programmed by the state also. Officers just switch a switch that allows it to flash or stay steady.

Contact the State about traffic issues.

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 1:39 AM

Hope everyone notices that today ~ the second day of the Bridge Festival ~ BPD is out in force directing traffic ~ everything seems to be moving rather smoothly in Brazil compared to previous years ~ bet it has something to do with our new Chief ~ & officers are still on normal routes in the city issuing citations ~ GO BPD!! Great job!

-- Posted by karebabe on Sat, Oct 11, 2008, at 11:17 AM

Was just about to post the samething Kare! Nice change! Thank you!

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Oct 13, 2008, at 1:21 PM

unoit, please insert foot in mouth. ; )

-- Posted by Pro Se on Tue, Oct 14, 2008, at 11:34 AM

well at least when harrison was the chief he was out there directing traffic. It is a free for all right now.

-- Posted by unoit on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 1:20 PM

ok, maybe I should have written there were not"any" officers directing traffic.

-- Posted by unoit on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 8:05 PM

-- Posted by Pro Se on Tue, Oct 14, 2008, at 2:55 PM

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