County officials confirmed to The Brazil Times late Thursday evening that one person died following a single-vehicle accident on Kennedy's Crossing Road.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Times Thursday the department was investigating the accident, which took place on Kennedy Crossing Road approximately 700 feet south of County Road 1000 North at approximately 8:53 p.m.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Heaton said the names of the victims would not be released at this time. However, in a later press release the driver and passenger were identified as students at Northview High School.
According to Heaton, the driver of the vehicle told officials it became a "little loose," when coming to a curve in the road, and left the roadway, striking a tree.
Upon arrival, officials discovered the driver and passenger, who were wearing their seatbelts, were still in the vehicle. Although the driver got out of the vehicle on their own, emergency personnel had to remove the passenger from the vehicle. Both victims were later transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital via TransCare.
Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl pronounced the passenger dead at the hospital shortly after 10:30 p.m.
The driver was treated for injuries and released early Friday morning.
Heaton said wet pavement might have been a factor in the accident.
Also responding to the accident were members of Clay County Search and Rescue and Dick Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Heaton said the name of the victim could not be released at this time due to the pending investigation.
This story was updated at 1 a.m., and will be updated again as soon as more information is acquired.