A local on-duty police officer sustained head and chest injuries during a two-vehicle accident Thursday.
According to a press release by Indiana State Police, around 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy, Assistant Jail Commander and Carbon Town Marshal Ron Keen was approaching County Road 300 East while traveling westbound on United States 40 when Franklin D. Sullivan, 76, Terre Haute, drove into the path of the Clay County Sheriff's Department SUV.
Keen, 58, Carbon, then struck Sullivan's vehicle in the passenger side, totaling both vehicles.
As per CCSD protocols and to maintain the integrity of any accident investigation involving a police officer, ISP Troopers Robert Decker -- with the assistance of troopers Kris Fitzgerald and Bill Bradbury -- responded to the scene and performed the investigation.
Members of the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Keen, who was allegedly not using a seatbelt, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare for treatment of head and chest injuries. Once stabilized, Keen was later transported to Wishard Hospital of Indianapolis by AirEvac Lifeteam. Sullivan, who was using a seatbelt, refused treatment at the scene.
Sullivan was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way.
Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times late Thursday that Keen was in good condition, but could potentially remain hospitalized at least overnight for observation.
Meanwhile, a vehicle on a car-hauler caught fire at the 22-mile marker of Interstate-70 and backed up traffic for more than four miles as members of ISP, Jackson and Posey Township volunteer fire departments and Clay County Search and Rescue responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.
CLARIFICATION: Although initial reports indicated differently, officials confirmed Friday, July 31, that Keen was airlifted to Wishard Hospital by Air Evac Lifeteam.