Teen in accident was reaching for phone
BOWLING GREEN -- A Brazil teenager apparently attempting to reach for a cell phone was injured in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.
Shortly after 10 a.m., 911 dispatchers were notified of the accident on State Road 46, approximately one mile west of Bowling Green. Members of Clay County Sheriff's Department, Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department and TransCare responded to the accident, while Indiana State Police Troopers Bill Bradbury, Jim Cruse and Shilo Raulston investigated the accident.
Due to the nature of the report, AirEvac Ambulance and Clay County Search and Rescue were initially dispatched to the scene, but later disregarded.
Preliminary investigation revealed Andrea James, 19, Brazil, was traveling eastbound on SR 46 near Ashboro Road when her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu left the south side of the roadway, striking an embankment and then a culvert.
James became distracted when reportedly reaching for her cell phone, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. She was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where she was treated (and later released) for lacerations, contusions and chest pain.
Officials confirmed that no citations were issued in the matter.
The Indiana State Police urges motorists that usage of a cell phone while driving is inherently dangerous and should only be used in emergency situations.