A single vehicle accident resulted in two deaths Monday evening.
At approximately 7:21 p.m., Monday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a single vehicle accident with injury on County Road 1200 North, just west of County Road 300 West.
Upon arrival, law enforcement found a maroon 1992 Toyota truck, driven by Claudia Hayes, Brazil. The vehicle, according to reports, had left the south side of CR 1200 N and collided with a tree.
According to the report, it appeared at the scene that Hayes was traveling east on CR 1200 N prior to the crash. The truck left the road approximately 75 feet before striking the tree with the top of the cab. The truck came to rest on the driver's side facing east/south east in a wood line pinning Hayes and her husband, Jack, inside.
Both were severely injured as a result of the collision. Dick Johns Fire Department, Van Buren Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and Trans Care Ambulance all responded to the scene, but due to the severity of the injuries, both died at the scene.
Coroner Rick Swearingen Jr. pronounced both dead at the scene and made arrangements for an autopsy to be performed at Regional Hospital.
The vehicle crash is still under investigation by the sheriff's department. However, according to reports, road conditions from inclement weather, as well as speed, were considered factors in the crash.