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UPDATE: Valley man dies after accident

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Clay County emergency responders tend to accident victim Herman Hedden Thursday. The accident took place on State Road 42 near County Road 100 East. [Order this photo]
A Terre Haute man died Thursday morning following a single-vehicle accident.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to an area on State Road 42 near County Road 100 East for the accident.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department Patrol Sgt. Jason Frazier, the driver of the vehicle, Herman Hedden, 61, was traveling westbound on SR 42, in a gray Jeep Cherokee Sport Utility vehicle, and left the roadway.

"It looked like he traveled 150-yards off the roadway before coming to a rest," Frazier told The Brazil Times.

Frazier suggested the vehicle may have rolled at least one time.

"It looked like he went across the culvert," Frazier said. "It was a pretty violent rollover."

Poland resident and fourth-year Indiana State University nursing student Chris McGillam told The Times she arrived on the scene heading to school.

"I tried to keep him awake and talk to him," McGillam said. "He was thrashing about so I tried to keep him still."

Hedden had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital via TransCare for stabilization.

Hedden was not stable enough to be flown from the scene and later died en route to the hospital.

East and west traffic on SR 42 was closed periodically as crews cleaned up the area.

Officials have confirmed an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Other agencies responding to the accident included Indiana State Police, Clay County Search and Rescue, the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Air Evac, and the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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here is a good idea. maybe the newspaper shouldn't use the pic. of him getting tubed buy the medic on scene for there story pic. so everyone can see. i hope you sued!

-- Posted by FIREMEDIC on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:15 PM


1] Who cares if we see it...It's what is done to save lives.No reason to sue

2] If you hadn't pointed it out NO ONE would have known had they not been familiar with the procedure.

Thankfully we have people willing to be there for others in emergencies. Why would someone want to sue???

Have a good day

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:56 PM

I'm with you, Firemedic. We cancelled our subscription to the TH Trib, because of a picture on the front page; (it was of the horrible accident on I-70, the small car crushed between two semis). I do want to be informed of happenings in the area but there is such a thing as 'too much info' in this case 'too much visual info'.

This is upsetting, also, when the pictures are posted online or on the TV news, before the victim(s) have been identified or the family notified. What a way to find out horrible news about a family member or friend.

-- Posted by secretary on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 4:07 PM

I will clarify, I don't agree with the comment 'i hope you sued!'. That's just silly.

-- Posted by secretary on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 4:19 PM

Its called respect for the person and the family. Nobody should have a family members picture of them dead on the front page.

-- Posted by cityinneed on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 9:17 PM

I care and I don't want to see it. This wouldn't be my "photo of choice" as a final image of my deceased loved one.

The photographer could have gotten a shot of the Medic's back and shown only the wheels below the gurney. THAT photo would have shown respect and dignity to the victim and their family.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 11:57 AM

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