Three motor vehicle accidents kept emergency response personnel busy Friday.
According to E911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center, emergency response personnel were working an incident involving a motorist who crossed the median near Great Dane Trailers, 2664 E. United States 40, when a fatal accident occurred near the intersection of State Road 59 and SR 46 at 1:17 p.m.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.
Two ambulances from TransCare and an AirEvac Ambulance were also dispatched to attend to the victims. Members of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources also provided assistance at the scene.
According to unidentified witness reports provided to the CCSD, Gary Schopmeyer, the driver of a passenger car, was attempting to turn north on SR 59 from SR 46 when Caleb Peelman, Clinton, who was driving a Cintas delivery van, allegedly failed to yield the right of way and drove into the passenger side of the car.
Peelman was suffering from arm and knee pain. He was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for medical treatment and chemical testing as part of accident protocols. However, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Schopmeyer, 46, Tennessee, had to be extricated before receiving medical treatment. He was then transported by air ambulance to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis.
The female passenger of the vehicle, an 82-year-old Clay County resident whose name is being withheld by officials at this time pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner's Office. Per investigation protocols, her body will be transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for an autopsy to help determine the cause of death. According to a press release from the CCSD, drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the accident at this time.
Officials temporarily rerouted traffic in the northbound lane due to cleanup and the accident investigation.
Meanwhile, shortly after 4 p.m., CCSD, CCSR, JTVFD and members of Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to another accident near the caution flashers at the intersection of US 40 and County Road 100 East/Knightsville Road.
According to officials at the scene, the driver of a PT Cruiser was stopped on Knightsville Road ready to turn onto eastbound US 40. The driver of a pickup truck traveling east was unable to stop in time and t-boned the PT Cruiser.
The two passengers of PT Cruiser had to be extricated before being transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, while the pickup driver was uninjured.
Members of the Brazil City Fire Department assisted by rerouting traffic around the accident scene due to the heavy festival traffic in the area at the time of the crash.
No further information was available as of press time concerning the three accidents, and all other names are being withheld due to the pending investigations.