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Accident results in two deaths

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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.


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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hayes family during this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 9:48 AM

WHERE WAS THE ROAD CREWS FOR SOME OF THESE ACCIDENTS? That is what the taxpayers pay for isn't it? By the time it got worse some people were on their way home from work, they did not have no choice but to try and get home. From my understanding Vigo County or Clay County never had their road crews out at all during the day. PLEASE THINK OF EVERYONES SAFETY AT THESE TIMES. JACK AND CLAUDIA HAYES WERE VERY DEAR FRIENDS OF MY FATHER'S AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY HIM A LOT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT WAS A VERY TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

-- Posted by srogers25 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 10:36 AM

I know that the Clay County highway guys were out all afternoon yesterday. I also know that your property tax dollars do NOT go to the highway department.

-- Posted by Justice 4 all on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 1:38 PM

OK, Justice4all....you may or may not be right, but that IS my aunt and uncle and it WOULD be nice if the roads had been cleared. THANK YOU

-- Posted by iamrupride on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 1:43 PM

I'm sorry for the loss, but come on. IT was slick, drive accordingly..We always forget how to drive in bad contitions.( the first snow) Take responsibility for yourself , stop blaming others when we screw up!( Road Crew) It was a TRAGIC ACCIDENT. And again I'm sorry for the loss. I too know what it is like to loose a loved one.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 2:13 PM

I am so sorry to have lost two good friends. Please be respectful of loved ones of the victim's in these times. Thank You

-- Posted by kpkpsparky10 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 3:10 PM

So, you are suggesting that all of the roads in the county could have been cleaned last night? WOW We really must have some amazing road crews to have accomplished that feat!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 3:53 PM

It is too bad Jack and Claudia had to die, however, blaming others will neither bring them back nor will it keep it from happening again. The fact is we all need to take responsibility for our actions and drive according to the conditions. It may not have had anything to do with the road conditions. It could have been two dozen things that would have caused the same accident on dry, warm pavement. Why do humans always look to blame someone other than themselves? Its just stoopid to always be doing that. It could have been a deer, a dog, a tire, mechanical failure, a heart attack, a stroke or she could have been digging for her cell phone. But, oh, now, we've gotta try and blame some *ONE*. Forget it. It was an accident. Life is like that.

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 5:03 PM

I don't know these two people, but I do know that there is now a void in many people's life that knew them. Having lost 3 very close relatives this year alone...I just want the family & friends of both of them, that you are in our hearts and prayers.

The B's...

-- Posted by Jae on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 12:58 AM

Whatever the case, if it were road conditions, a deer or any other act of God. When it is time for Him to take you home there is no changing it.

My sympathy goes out to the family.

-- Posted by Janiper on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 4:38 AM

Wow srogers25 I can't believe your comment...

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 9:17 AM

sorry for the loss, but wasn't it reported on the news that speed was a factor in the accident?

-- Posted by tbdldam on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 12:35 PM

sorry for the loss, but wasn't it reported on the news that speed was a factor in the accident?

-- Posted by tbdldam on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 12:36 PM

Just read the obituaries .. While I have never had the pleasure of meeting these two individuals .. their happy lives were evident in the obit photos. May their families find peace in this tragic time. HOW someone dies is inconsequential as to the WHY. My heart goes out to both families.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 1:00 PM

To the family of Jack&Claudia Hayes, I'm sorry about your lost,I've felt what you are feeling now,and it really hurts and you don't need to hear some of these wise remarks being made about your parents,I knew both Jack&Claudia and they were really great people and never hurt anybody,I Loved them and always will.They may be gone but NOT FORGOTTEN!Jack,Claudia I LOVE YOU!

-- Posted by Della on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 2:36 PM

My thoughts at prayers go to the family. God will carry you through this.

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Wed, Dec 3, 2008, at 2:55 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hayes family, as far as srogers25 you must live in town,

the roads they are talking about are better know as Perth and Reo Grande. I travel Perth everyday last year it was a sheet of ice in the winter. Everyone must becareful driving on snow and ice no matter how long you have been driving.

-- Posted by Batchelor3495 on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 6:42 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hayes family, as far as srogers25 you must live in town,

the roads they are talking about are better know as Perth and Reo Grande. I travel Perth everyday last year it was a sheet of ice in the winter. Everyone must becareful driving on snow and ice no matter how long you have been driving.

-- Posted by Batchelor3495 on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 6:43 AM

Why is it that some idioit always has to make some stupid comment on here? Maybe speed was or was not a factor, why you feel it is necessary to write that comment on here when I'm sure people who know this couple are reading this? They have suffered enough. Maybe you need to go back to the first grade and learn your manners, such as if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. I didn't see crazy comments in Terre Haute paper a few weeks ago when the beloved soldier was drinking and driving, wreaked and died. Save your trashy comments for something worth while. God bless the Hayes family.

-- Posted by ape1 on Thu, Dec 4, 2008, at 2:42 PM

I only had the pleasure of meeting this couple one time. But when I did boy did they leave a lasting impression on me. I can only hope I will be as happy as this man and woman was when I am their age with my relationship. God bless you

both and may you still be singing "Sweet Carloline" Mr. Hayes. Rest iin peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 11:09 AM


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