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Accident results in fatalities

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Traffic was stalled on Interstate-70 Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle accident. Two passengers in this white Pontiac Grand Prix were pronounced dead at the scene. [Order this photo]
PUTNAM COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash resulted in two deaths on Interstate-70 Wednesday morning.

Officials were dispatched to the 29-milemarker of I-70 at the Clay-Putnam County Line at approximately 8:18 a.m. for the accident.

According to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer/Recruiter Sgt. Joe Watts, it was reported a white Pontiac Grand Prix -- with an Ohio license plate -- was traveling eastbound on I-70 at a high rate of speed.

Officials observe the front end of a semi-truck that collided with another vehicle on Interstate-70 near the Putnam-Clay County line Wednesday morning. [Order this photo]
Watts told The Brazil Times for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed into the other lane and was struck by a Werner Enterprises semi-truck, based out of Omaha, Neb.

Two people traveling in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims have not been released.

Watts said the two victims were ejected from the vehicle. He added the driver of the semi complained of back pain, but refused treatment at the scene. He was released..

Traffic was stopped on I-70 temporarily, but one lane opened at approximately 9 a.m.

In addition to ISP, other agencies responding to the accident included TransCare, the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Clay County Coroner, Putnam County Operation Life, and the Reelsville Volunteer Fire Department.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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'...crossed the medium...' What's a medium?

-- Posted by BrazilBillie on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 11:18 AM

Yeah Ang_65 it looks like your the one to make it (a stupid remark). Yes this has happened to two people and all you're worried about is someones simple question. Not everyone knows everything in life as you seem to. You sound as if you're missing something in life, common sense. You could'nt even spell the persons alais correctly. By the way Brazilbillie the answer to your question is that a medium is the grassy and sometimes concreted areas between lanes that are called the medium. Sorry for our readers arrogance and and missing humanity.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 11:55 AM

You are both wrong. Median-The dividing area, either paved or landscaped, between opposing lanes of traffic on some highways. Also called median; also called regionally boulevard, mall; Also called medial strip, meridian; Also called neutral ground.

-- Posted by tyedyefreak on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:09 PM

Either way...It is very sad and tragic.

-- Posted by tyedyefreak on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:11 PM

This is got to be one of the worse wrecks that I have seen in a while. This is a very sad no matter who they are or where they are from my heart goes out to there families. This makes me wonder what is on the minds of these truck drivers after an accident if they are involved in an accident that costs lives. I would think this would weight on there minds for a very long time.

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:18 PM

I would imagine that the truck driver feels really bad...even though the accident wasn't his fault.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:47 PM

Yeah fault or not and in this case it wasn't but I couldn't imagine even being in a wreck that cost a persons life. My prayers would have to go out to the truck driver in this case as well. Being on the road is how they make a living!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 1:16 PM

Indiana is going to have to do something with I-70, it's so dangerous. Someone's always getting killed/hurt or in a wreck. It's always closed anymore. We need more lanes or something, too much congestion. I stay off of it anymore it's just too dangerous. And I-70 through Indianapolis, OMG....I'd take 465 anytime.

-- Posted by townisamazing on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 1:38 PM

i agree with kennedy53 but hwy 40 through brazil to hwy 46 in vigo is also bad people going 65 in 45 mph areas rarely do you see someone pulled over

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 2:19 PM

Kennedy53 ~

Agree completely with your comments on I-70 ~ I avoid I-70 at all costs ~ I'd rather take more time on the road than deal with some of the insane drivers speeding past me ~ just because it's an interstate it doesn't mean that it equates to a racetrack ~ & 1dogbob ~ you are absolutely correct about US 40 to US 46 ~ people are always passing me ~ & I'm driving the speed limit ~ but in officer's defense I have seen several pulled over in that area ~ but I'd like to see many more pulled over ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 9:17 AM

As a former citizen of Brazil,I drove semi`s for forty plus years,I always took the time to drive through Indiana so I could stop at the Brazil 70 truck stop and visit with old friends, I-70 is a conjested highway no doubt,but not nearly as bad as I-80 out of Chicago,but it makes no difference in this day and age which freeway your on,the traffic is bad.I feel for th driver too,because a car crossing the median at a high speed and comming straight at you, leaves you with no time to examing possible options.you just cant manuver them like a VW.Sad it cost the lifes of two people,but this accident will be on the drivers record even though it wasn`t his fault.I had a drunk driver hit my truck several years ago in south SAn Francisco,the report said it wasn`t my fault,(had witnesses) but the CA,DMV pulled my licence anyway,had to appear at the DMV for a hearing to get my license reinstated.

-- Posted by T-REX on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 11:04 AM

Well I feel sorry for the trucker & the familys of those who died. But everyone needs to pay attention. As for going to pilot & grabbing a trucker magazine, make sure you watch out cause the Semi's love to pull out in front of you. There are 4 wheelers as well as 18 wheelers who need to realize they dont own the road & give others the room needed to make driving safe.

-- Posted by confused33 on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 1:41 PM

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