A deputy injured in a traffic accident during the treacherous driving conditions Tuesday evening is currently hospitalized at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Although details are limited due to the Indiana State Police ongoing accident investigation, the Clay County Sheriff's Department confirmed to The Brazil Times that Det. Jeff Maynard was the injured officer.
On the way to participate in the annual Shop-With-A Cop program, Maynard was driving northbound on State Road 59 in an area near the entrance of Lake Shore Estates (just south of County Road 600 North) when an unidentified motorist struck his police cruiser from behind.
Although Indiana State Police officials have yet to release the preliminary report, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the driver of a pick-up truck was cited for driving at an accelerated rate of speed in bad weather conditions at the time of the accident.
The driver's truck windshield, also according to Heaton, was apparently iced over, making it difficult for the driver to see while driving.
Initially transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Maynard was later taken to Union Hospital, Terre Haute, and then airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for neck and back injuries.
As of Wednesday evening, Heaton said doctors were still evaluating Maynard's condition to determine the best treatment for his injuries.
"Doctors are performing CAT scans, x-rays and various other tests," Heaton told The Brazil Times. "(Maynard's) in stable condition right now. We're hoping to hear more from the doctors as soon as test results come back."