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Accident stalls traffic on Interstate-70

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Officials check over a totaled semi-truck, which collided with another semi-truck on Interstate-70 early Tuesday. [Order this photo]
Eastbound traffic on Interstate-70 came to a screeching halt early Tuesday after a collision involving two semi-trucks.

The accident took place near the 21-mile marker, close to the exit for State Road 59. One of the drivers, Enver Jasarevic, 36, St. Louis, was trapped inside his vehicle when officials arrived.

Indiana State Police Trooper Bill Bradbury told The Brazil Times Jasarevic moved his vehicle into the left lane heading eastbound on I-70 to pass another semi-truck driven by Mikhail Agababov, 61, Beaverton, Ore.

However, Bradbury said Jasarevic moved back into the right lane.

When he did, Bradbury said Agababov had applied his brakes, resulting in the collision.

Jasarevic suffered lacerations to his face and complained of pain in one of his legs, but refused medical treatment at the scene, according to Bradbury.

"When I arrived, it looked a lot worse than it was," Bradbury said.

He said weather may have been a contributing factor to the accident.

"There's nothing criminal here," Bradbury said. "It's just an accident."

Jasarevic was hauling automotive oil treatments while Agababov was hauling metal pieces for store racks.

The accident took place close to 10:30 a.m. Debris from the accident was scattered across the eastbound lane of I-70 as traffic was backed up into Vigo County.

Also responding to the accident included officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, TransCare and the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.

After closing the portion of I-70 to clear debris, Brazil City officials arranged for stoplights along United States 40 to be placed on flashing yellow for motorists traveling east and west trying to get around the interstate.

According to the accident report, the vehicle driven by Jasarevic was totaled.

In addition, there was an estimated $5,000 in damages to Abababov's vehicle.

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Suggestion: Next time maybe the police could divert people off of I70 in Terre Haute at exit 11 so they wouldn't have had to sit there until 2 PM waiting for the road to clear. I was coming back from Terre Haute and got on I70 at at exit 7 around 12:30 and then had the "opportunity" to have a nap for almost 1.5 hours at mile marker 16-17. It's understandable that there will be some people stuck on the road due to this type of accident but sure would have better if the ones that came along later could have been diverted off the road. I finally drove by the accident scene at 2 PM.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 6:43 AM

I agree with Jenny Moore with regards to getting people off of I-70 in Terre Haute. But people need to realize that the people who live in Brazil have only US 40 to get around the city. I am from Brazil and when I-70 is closed and diverted through Brazil it is a nightmare. The wonderful law enforcement of Brazil need to do more to get the traffic moving faster and more safely through Brazil. Putting the lights on yellow is really not the answer. Maybe you need to direct traffic instead of standing by your police cars or better yet sitting in your police car with the engine running and talking on your cell phones. What are the taxpayers of Brazil getting for their money??

-- Posted by bluedevil82 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 7:08 AM

IT`s interesting that someone said 40 was a nightmare,evidently she wasn`t around before 70 was made,national ave was a nightmare everyday,anyone who lived there in the fifty`s and early sixty`s could tell you that.And on Race weekend,just try to find a seat at the Blue Bonnet, forget it

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:32 AM

I have a solution for you Jenny stay home and only go shopping on SAt at wal-mart in Th at around 1 in the morning

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:35 AM

T-REX, you're rude! As for the Brazil City Police, they do the best they can do with ALL the stop lights there are in town, even with them directing traffic there will always be a delay, there is a lot of traffic that comes off I-70! You all need to just chill!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 11:31 AM

clgruener ~

Couldn't agree with your comments more ~ when we have such an influx of traffic there is very little that BPD can do except to put all of our many traffic lights on yellow ~ those on here griping might I suggest next time we have this situation you volunteer to assist BPD directing traffic ~ it isn't an easy job ~ ask any law enforcement officer ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 11:51 AM

T REX, in the 50's & 60's National Ave was 4 laned, not 2 laned like it is today. Also, there weren't as many cars on the road.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 12:33 PM

I hope my comment was not taken as negative towards police. Just a suggestion. Why couldn't some of the traffic have been diverted to SR 42 though? It doesn't all have to go on 40. That's the way I would have gone and least distance to get back on I70 at Brazil exit. Not all of it has to go on 40 between TH and Brazil. Heck I'd have gotten home sooner if they sent me on SR 46.

and T REX: Did you hear me say I napped during the stop? You don't want me on the road at 1 AM if I can fall asleep in a line of traffic on I70 at 1 PM! [lol]

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:45 PM

I think that the only way to make these people who are complaining about a little inconvenience happy is for the BPD to require everyone who is going to have an accident to notify the BPD 24 hours in advance and then that way the BPD can make all kind of plans for the convenience of the people who now are complaining. I do not mean to laugh but this is so petty compared to the horrible inconvenience that both of those truck drivers must have had. These people who are complaining would probably be checking into all kinds of mental hospitals if they lived in rather large cities that have that kind of traffic 5 to 6 days of the week, twice a day. There are people who go to work and leave work facing the same kind of traffic, if you can figure out a solution I am sure that they would be very interested in knowing it as well.

-- Posted by photobob on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 5:47 PM

Photobob .. you're now my fav poster of the day. ; ) Well said .. !

The 'inconvenience' isn't any different than the two weeks in October when the Covered Bridge Festival rolls around ..

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 10:15 AM

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