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Three injured during pileup

Friday, January 23, 2009

Although no citations were issued, officials believe aggressive driving was the possible cause of a three-vehicle pileup on State Road 59 Thursday evening.

Around 8 p.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's and Brazil City Police departments, Jackson and Posey Township volunteer fire departments and Clay County Search and Rescue responded to an accident scene in an area near the intersection of County Road 700 North and State Road 59.

According to a standard crash report filed by Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen, Melinda R. Cooper, 59, Center Point, was traveling southbound when a car preparing to turn west onto CR 700 N was hit from behind by another vehicle and pushed in front of her truck.

Stephen G. Gibson, 26, Staunton, reported his turn signal was on while he was slowing to turn onto CR 700 W, but Paul C. Vogel, 23, Brazil, reported Gibson braked abruptly.

Vogel said he attempted to veer right, but struck Gibson's car in the rear passenger side.

Officials confirm all five of the people involved were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

While Vogel and Gibson reported no injuries to officials at the scene, Cooper and two juveniles in Gibson's vehicle were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare for undisclosed head, neck and back injuries. They were treated and later released.

Both lanes of traffic on SR 59 were closed for a brief period while emergency responders worked the accident and cleared the roadway of debris.


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The trip from Brazil to I70 is not really shortened by the difference of driving 55mph or driving 65mph. The distance is too short to save much time. At 55mph it would take 5 3/4 minutes. At 65 mph it would take a bit over 4 1/2 minutes. Now give or take slowing down for turning cars or waiting to pass a slower car its really a wash. Sometimes you drive straight through with no obstacles and sometimes you have all kinds of things to slow you down. Bottom line is that its not worth getting hurt over. I would do well to take my own advice all of the time, not just some of the time.

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 8:35 AM

If people don't like my driving 55mph then I say let them go around.

Some people out there drive like idiots.

-- Posted by th1953 on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 7:37 PM

Where does it say they were not driving the speed limit?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 8:49 PM

Let the idiots pass! NOBODY is above the law!! One way or another they will get caught!

-- Posted by clgruener on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:26 AM

Where in this story does it have anything about passing? I am just curious because I didn't read anything about it...lets highlight here....

Melinda R. Cooper, 59, Center Point, was traveling southbound when a car preparing to turn west onto CR 700 N was hit from behind by another vehicle and pushed in front of her truck.

hmm nope no passing...someone rearended someone and that someone was pushed in front of her truck....resulting in a three way accident....

Stephen G. Gibson, 26, Staunton, reported his turn signal was on while he was slowing to turn onto CR 700 W, but Paul C. Vogel, 23, Brazil, reported Gibson braked abruptly. Vogel said he attempted to veer right, but struck Gibson's car in the rear passenger side.

So if Paul hit the other passengers truck on the rear passenger side, it shows that he was trying to avoid an accident.

Now instead of talking about speeding...and passing.... why don't you talk about weather conditions and the fact that Paul might have just been traveling a little too close and if the gibson guy did abruptly stop...hmmm...does that make more sense?

I don't know I wasn't there, quit trying to fabricate stories....brazil times media sucks, they don't give near enough information about anything.

-- Posted by justice4theunjust on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 1:13 AM


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