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Fog, speed factors in accident on SR 59

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Emergency response officials clean up debris from a four-vehicle accident near the intersection of States Roads 59 and 46 Tuesday morning. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
CENTER POINT -- Speed and fog played roles in a four-vehicle accident in southern Clay County Tuesday morning.

At approximately 8:55 a.m., officials were dispatched to the accident, which took place near the intersection of State Roads 59 and 46 near the Country Junction and Thatcher RV Sales, Inc.

"It was foggy out," Indiana State Police Trooper Bill Bradbury said. "It was a dense fog. That was a factor."

According to Bradbury, another ISP Trooper was at the intersection when he witnessed a van, driven by John P. Meurer, 45, Linton, collided with a Dodge Intrepid, driven by Gerald L. Boston, 57, Jasonville.

The initial collision forced the Intrepid into a GMC truck, driven by Daniel S. Newton Jr., 18, Center Point, to hit another truck in front, driven by Jennifer M. Maruszewski, 33, Linton.

Boston was later transported via TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for lacerations to his head.

"He was responsive and coherent," Bradbury said.

In addition, Meurer was cited for driving too fast under weather conditions.

The accident caused a stall in northbound traffic on SR 59, but one lane of traffic was open by approximately 9:35 a.m. All lanes of traffic were re-opened shortly after 10 a.m.

However, during the initial accident, another accident took place at the same location.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., a semi-truck collided with another vehicle during the re-routing of traffic. No one was injured in the second accident.

Other agencies responding to the first accident included the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Perry Township/Cory Volunteer Fire Department.

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