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Three injured in I-70 accident

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Three members of a Lawrenceville, Ill., family were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate-70 Tuesday morning.

Around 8:30 a.m., members of Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Jackson and Posey Township volunteer fire departments, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare responded to the accident in an area just east of the 22-mile marker.

According to information available in a preliminary accident report filed by ISP Trooper Chip McKee, the driver of a black 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling eastbound in the I-70 driving lane and lost control when they attempted to move into the passing lane to pass a tractor-trailer unit.

The driver, Jeanne Brinkman, 68, drove the vehicle into the median, where it rolled over until it came to final rest in the westbound lanes.

Brinkman and another front seat passenger, son-in-law, Bradley H. Benson, 60, remained inside the vehicle, but the rear seat passenger, father Harold Benson, 81, was ejected from the vehicle and found lying in the westbound lanes of I-70.

Motorists who witnessed the accident were able to stop traffic and prevent the injured man from being struck by approaching westbound traffic.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for almost an hour while emergency crews extricated the victims from the accident scene and investigators worked the crash site.

During the investigation, officials determined that Bradley and Harold Benson were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Jeanne Brinkman was experiencing head pain, Bradley H. Benson sustained head injuries and Harold Benson suffered head and facial injuries and a fractured right leg from being ejected from the vehicle. All three were transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment, but no further information was made available.

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