The Clay County Sheriff's Department is investigating an accident that sent a Clay County man to the hospital Thursday.
Shortly after 7 a.m., Thursday, members of the sheriff's department, Clay County Search and Rescue, Dick Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare Ambulance were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on County Road 500 West (Clay/Vigo county line), just north of CR 1350 N.
AirEvac was initially dispatched, but later disregarded when officials arrived on the scene to check on the condition of the unidentified driver.
Suffering from back and chest pains, the driver was transported to Terre Haute Union Hospital for treatment.
CCSD Deputy Josh Krause told The Brazil Times the driver reported he was coming up on a T in the road, but was distracted by his dog inside the truck and drove into a ditch. The pickup truck sustained heavy damage to the front end.
With the driver allegedly admitting to authorities they were drinking and an open container discovered inside the vehicle, Krause confirmed the accident remains under investigation.