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UPDATED: Accident kills one, autopsy results pending

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

CORY -- Officials are waiting for autopsy results in an ongoing investigation of a head-on collision south of Cory Monday morning.

On Tuesday, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times officials were still waiting on toxicology results.

At approximately 7:50 a.m., Monday, officials were dispatched to an area near County Road 200 South, just east of County Road 600 W, south of Cory.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Randy E. Pugh, 52, Cory, was traveling east on CR 200 S, in a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup when he collided with Michael D. Barrett, 18, Terre Haute, who was traveling west on the road in a 1995 Dodge truck.

Although the accident is still under investigation, Heaton told The Times it was believed Pugh's vehicle was traveling east left-of-center. Heaton said officials spoke with Barrett's father, who said the 18-year-old said he did "everything he could to get over."

"There are no actual lines painted on the road," Heaton added.

Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. Pugh was pronounced dead at the scene by Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl.

Barrett was taken to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, via Air Evac. According to Heaton, Barrett was listed in stable condition with facial fractures and was kept overnight for observation.

"We don't think drugs or alcohol were a factor at all," Heaton added.

Also responding to the accident were Clay County Search and Rescue, Lewis Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Perry Township/Cory Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare.

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I pray that the Barrett boy recovers fully, that no drugs or alcohol were involved and that Mr. Pugh had given his life to Christ. God wrap your arms around both families.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 8:15 AM

My heart is breaking over this and I know the family is too. This is the worst thing I can imagine happening to anyone and it is happening to my friend. I hate that she will read this article and hear all this and I hate that people will start saying things and she has to deal with that and I hate that people will start saying things on here about hoping drugs and alcohol were not involved and she has to read these things too. Trust me on Randy side of it drugs and alcohol were not a factor. I am 100% sure of that. Randy was a great man, dad, son, grandpa, and friend to anyone who knew him and this is truly one of the saddest things to happen. I hate that they are all having to deal with this so be considerate and please watch what you say on here if you don't know if it's true or not that is all I ask out of respect!

-- Posted by Mel03 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 8:41 AM

A very tragic incident. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Pugh family. Randy was a good man, he will be greatly missed. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Barrett.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 11:42 AM

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