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Update: Officials respond to accident on U.S. 40

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Emergency Response Officials work on cleaning up an accident that took place on United States 40 near County Road 200 W., Brazil. [Order this photo]
Emergency response officials were busy Wednesday morning cleaning up an accident on United States 40.

At approximately 8 a.m., officials were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 40 near County Road 200 W., Brazil.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, witnesses said a white pickup truck, driven by Mariah Chesshir, 17, Brazil, failed to stop at a stop sign on CR 200 W., before crossing U.S. 40.

A passenger car, driven by Erline Carbo, 27, Brazil, was traveling west on U.S. 40. According to reports, Carbo was unable to avoid a collision when Chesshir drove into her path.

Carbo and her three children, ranging in age from 11 months to 9, were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for injuries. The 9-year-old was later transferred to Riley Children's Hospital suffering from back injuries.

According to Heaton, Carbo and her three children were in seatbelts, a booster seat and a car seat.

Chesshir was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for injuries. She was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way.

"Right now, it appears to be minor injuries," Heaton said. "It appears there was nothing life-threatening."

The crash is still under investigation and the Carbo family was provided new car seats for their children.

Other agencies responding to the accident included TransCare, Brazil City Police Department, Brazil City Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue.

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Happy no one was injured.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 10:26 AM

Think it's time to check into a stop light there, too many accidents and close calls.

-- Posted by smoke20fan on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 10:52 AM

This is a terrible intersection and we do need a stop light here.

-- Posted by CJKH meme on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 11:02 AM


-- Posted by CLARKIE on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 6:26 PM

something bad did happen there. a child was sent to Riley and the trauma is something the family will remember. also if you ignore a stop sign, would one ignore a stop light? I am not against a stop light, just making a comment. glad no one was killed.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 7:19 PM

What is needed there most is lighting. It's terrible, especially driving west and attempting a southbound turn. Going east, towards Brazil there is more of a reflection of lighting; driving west there's nothing. It's time for someone (DOT) to put lights there.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 9:20 PM


-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 9:52 PM

They put the turning lanes there but I think a stop light is needed there, even if it was just on during the busy times and then worked as a caution light at other times. The stop light may not have made a difference this time, as the young lady didn't stop coming onto US 40, but it may help the next time. I also have noticed a lot of people who're apparently confused by the different lanes. I can't remember the number of times that I've seen people turn from the driving lanes instead of using the turn lane. I've also seen cars try to squeeze into the lane when it merges down from two lanes to one.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 9:56 PM

I can't place this road .. but I'm curious .. isn't there a stop sign for one of these drivers?

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 10:45 AM

I avoid this intersection because it is so dangerous. I have seen people pull out in front of traffic trying to get across and then stop in the middle of 40 waiting to go on across. So SCARY!! Praying for the Carbo Family and the young lady for making a mistake. Maybe her brakes failed, or a mechanical problem with her truck.

-- Posted by CJKH meme on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 11:02 AM

Emmes...it's where what would be Water Works Rd. comes out to 40 by Robertson's old body shop. The highway going west is 2 lane, the lanes going east is 1 lane with a turn lane in the center.

IMO I don't think a stop light is what's needed. Putting the STOP signs in a better location, a bigger STOP sign, painted lines, signs further south and north on 200 advising there is a stop ahead would probably make drivers more aware. I don't have the solution by no means, just putting in my 2 cents. Although I do like Snow's idea of a stop light that works during the busy times and flashes during the "off peak" times. That road could still stand to have signs advising of a stop ahead and painted lines for the stop area.

Maybe the young lady was running late for school and got in a hurry thus making a bad mistake. Whatever the case, thoughts and prayers are with all involved.

Who do we petition for this? Would it be the IN DOT and have them come out and do a study or what? Does anybody know?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 11:27 AM

It would be INDOT and they would do a study before doing anything.

It is unfortunate that there was an accident and I will pray for the injured, but someone did ignore a stop sign. Too many people are in too big of a hurry that they forget that cars are dangerous machinery if not used with caution.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 1:14 PM

jeez Southworth, seems you have an answer for everything. More than likely just too much time on your hands.

-- Posted by Diana on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 5:06 PM

Unfortunately the only way INDOT puts an stoplight in any location is based on GET THIS a certain number of fatalities that has occured in that location!! I know this sounds crazy and absurd but that is what they base their decision on when it comes to traffic lights,and its not just one but several fatalities,in my opinion 1 death is to many!!How sad is it that anyone has to die just to get a traffic signal put in when its our tax dollars paying for them in the first place!As for the lane reduction they moved all the way back to waterworks road in the east bound lane,huh?what a joke that was that has made that intersection even more hazardous than it allready was,i have had people fly past me and then brake to turn south which leaves me and whoever else this happens to no choice but to lock up the brakes or go into the westbound turn lane just to keep from hitting these idiots!Nice engineering job INDOT! Seems to me the old design was not that bad as to warrant the mess they have made on this one!Just my opinion...THATS OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK FOR OUR SAFETY???Please! If INDOT cant do better than that i prefer they do nothing!!

-- Posted by chesshirew3 on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 6:54 PM

Hey now, Diana! I know just as much as Leo L. Southworth, so give me credit, too.

As I sais earlier, the intersection needs LIGHTING. Please e-mail them at indot@indot.in.gov ...also while you're at it, mention the mess in front of Walmart. There is no need for a eastbound south turn lane there. It;s ridiculous!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 8:11 PM

jeez PROUD, seems you have an answer for everything. More than likely just too much time on your hands. Yes, I asked .. I just wanted to say something irrelevant and immature. *Thanks, by the way for responding ; )

Remember when they put the light down at SR59/I70? How many years did it take for THAT to happen? How many accidents/fatalities?

Whether the stop sign was ignored (in this case) or not .. I see FAR TOO MANY people disregarding stop signs every day.

I feel bad for all involved and hope the injuries are few and minor. I also hope that IF the driver ignored the stop sign this time .. she doesn't do it again.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Mar 18, 2011, at 9:33 PM

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