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Update: Woman airlifted following Thursday morning accident

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Ames scopes the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the Clay-Putnam County line on United States 40 Thursday morning. [Order this photo]
PUTNAM COUNTY -- A 47-year-old Clay County woman was flown via Air Evac to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis, following a two-vehicle accident at the Clay-Putnam County line on United States 40 Thursday morning.

At approximately 8:50 a.m., officials were dispatched to the area. Both vehicles were traveling westbound at the time.

According to information provided by Indiana State Police Trooper Shilo Raulston, the woman, later identified as Kim Hargis, driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring, allegedly attempted to pass another vehicle and did not notice a semi-truck attempting to make a left turn.

"She was passing another car on the right and couldn't stop in time," Raulston said. "She didn't see it."

Upon arrival, emergency responders found the vehicle had slammed into the back end of the semi-truck, pinning the woman inside.

"The car looked pretty bad," Raulston said. "But she was talking. She was alert. She was a little confused, but she was breathing."

A tow truck had to be used to lift the back end of the semi-truck off the vehicle and the woman had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.

The driver of the semi-truck was not identified.

Hargis' status was not known at press time.

All traffic on U.S. 40 was stalled following the accident. However, traffic resumed shortly after.

Other agencies responding to the accident included the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Greencastle Fire Department, Reelsville Volunteer Fire Department, TransCare, Clay County Search and Rescue, Putnam County Operation Life, and Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department


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53ft,says so right on the container,lucky the lady wasnt decapitated.

She had to really been hauling butt to go completly under that trailer,

-- Posted by T-REX on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 10:35 AM

She had to really been hauling butt to go completly under that trailer----

It says "... did not notice a semi-truck attempting to make a left turn." so if the truck was at almost a complete stop about to turn, going 55 mph and hitting the trailor could deffinately do this to her car. i think those bars have an impact rating of like 60ish mph to break off like that. in any case my prayers to her and her family.

-- Posted by Ninesy on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 10:46 AM

A family memner has said that she will be released from the hospital today, but will have to have surgery to repair a fracture next week.

-- Posted by Adventurer on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 11:01 AM

I am elmployed in the trucking collision and liability insurance industry. The ICC bumper does not have a break away impact rating (that I am aware of) -- it is suppose to keep other vehicle from sliding under the rear of the trailer.

-- Posted by madman36 on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 3:16 PM

to my favorte nice kim iam so sorry iam not there for you becuase iam to far away i feel so bad about what happened to you and i wish the best for and evry thing heals will and may god be with you

love your uncle terry

-- Posted by terry crawford on Sat, Oct 9, 2010, at 6:11 PM

freedom1, i agree that she is very lucky not to be decpitated. If i had to guess, the ICC bumper failed due to poor maintenance (bad welds or rusting/corrision).

-- Posted by madman36 on Sun, Oct 10, 2010, at 8:50 PM

love you kim hope you get better real soon love your uncle terry

-- Posted by terry crawford on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 10:27 PM


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