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Officials busy with accidents

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Clay Community School Corporation school bus was struck in the rear early Tuesday morning near the intersection of State Road 59 and County Road 750 North. While no students were reported injured during the accident, a Brazil man was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for medical treatment.
Two early-morning accidents kept emergency response personnel busy Tuesday.

According to a press release by the Clay Community School Corporation, around 7:30 a.m., a bus was struck in the back by a vehicle near the intersection of State Road 59 and County Road 750 North.

Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputies Josh Krause and Brad Hardey responded to the accident scene.

Krause told The Brazil Times Andrew Greenwood, 31, Brazil, reported his van's windows and windshield were fogged over and, although he was using windshield wipers, he didn't see the bus lights until it was too late.

Another bus was dispatched to the scene to finish the bus route and deliver students to their respective schools.

Although there were approximately 20 students on the bus at the time of the incident, no injuries were reported. However, as a safety precaution, school officials confirmed students would be examined upon arrival to school and parents would be notified if necessary.

Complaining of pain on his left side, shoulder and back area, Greenwood was transported by TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for medical treatment.

No further information is available about this incident at press time.

A little more than an hour later, Krause and Hardey were dispatched to an accident that damaged the Eel River Bridge on State Road 42.

Marc Hayes, 37, Terre Haute, was traveling east bound on the highway in a garbage truck. Apparently the hydraulic trash bucket on the garbage truck didn't lock properly and it rose up to hit and damage at least four of the upper beams before he could stop on the bridge.

There was no other traffic on the bridge at the time of the accident, which officials confirmed occurred around 8:30 a.m.

Hayes, who was uninjured, apparently notified his employer first and attempted to make sure the roadway was clear of debris before calling 911 dispatchers.

Hardey said damages to the garbage truck are preliminarily estimated at $13,000, but the damages to the bridge have yet to be determined.

"The metal beams are twisted pretty bad. Indiana Department of Transportation engineers have preliminarily checked the bridge, and cleared it for traffic at this time," Hardey said. "More engineers are on the way to take another look and make sure it is safe."

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I'm just glad no one was seriously injured in either accident.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 9:38 PM

Now that cool weather has finally arrived, if your cars are parked outside GOT TO allow time for windows to defog before pulling out of driveway.


-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 8:02 AM

Holy cow! Everyone makes a mistake, but, Mr. Greenwood just about made a fatal one. People need to realize that everything is 4x worse at double the speed. This means injuries, reaction time, etc. Mr. Greenwood should slow down and keep his winshield clear. Maybe this will wise him up a bit. Slow down, people! If you do, everybody lives and there is less damage.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Oct 14, 2010, at 2:53 PM

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