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NEWLY UPDATED: Person lifelined following accident

Monday, March 28, 2011

One person was air ambulanced to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, following an accident involving a truck and a Clay Community School Corporation bus Monday morning. [Order this photo]
One person was air ambulanced following a two-vehicle accident Monday morning.

At approximately 8 a.m., officials were dispatched to County Road 800 North and CR 150 W for the accident, which involved a Clay Community School Corporation bus and a truck.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the driver of the truck, later identified as Kasie Scarbrough, 16, Brazil, was heading south on CR 150 W and pulled out in front of the bus, which was traveling west on CR 800 N.

Heaton said upon the collision, the school bus "shoved" the truck off the roadway into a utility pole, which snapped.

"(The driver of the truck) failed to yield and pulled into the path of the bus," Heaton said.

At the time, power lines were still live. However, Duke Energy responded to the scene and quickly shut down power while the vehicle was still in gear.

There were approximately 40 students on the school bus. Officials with the school corporation told The Brazil Times the students were taken to Northview High School and North Clay Middle School and were checked by school nurses. Officials stated some of the students suffered minor injuries and parents were notified of the accident.

Scarbrough was extricated from the vehicle and transported by Air Evac to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Officials said she was to be treated for possible fractures and head trauma.

A new utility pole was brought in to replace the snapped pole, but power in the area was shut down. CR 800 N was temporarily closed following the accident.

Heaton said the investigation was ongoing and citations could be rendered.

Other agencies responding to the scene included the Brazil City Police Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, TransCare, and Indiana State Police.

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If this is the road I'm thinking of, when vehicles are traveling west on CR 800 N, the vehicles on CR 150 W have a hard time seeing them before they top the hill.

Hope the female driver recovers quickly, and pays more attention to these 'blind spots' in the future.

Glad the children on the bus were uninjured. This could have been a lot worse.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 10:54 AM

I know there are blind spots out on the county roads, there are places that I avoid during daylight hours so headlights give advance warning of vehicles.

However, if this is the intersection that Emmes and I are thinking about, a bus topping that hill gives far more warning than a car or pick-up would. I'm certainly glad that no one was hurt worse than they were, but it looks like someone got in a hurry and didn't make sure it was safe to move forward.

Every driver knows that buses make frequent stops, however, it is obvious that since the bus pushed the truck off the road with enough force to break a utility pole that the bus was not stopped, stopping for pick up of passengers, or just starting from a stop. I can understand Mike Heaton saying something like that when put on the spot to say something for the newspaper, but I cannot understand why the reporter put it in the story because the circumstances of the incident makes the statement is not relevant to the incident. Inclusion only made Mike look a bit daft.

Watch out for those blind spots and make sure nothing is coming, then make sure again before proceeding!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 11:19 AM

Everyone needs to be more aware of school buses! I watch cars pass the bus every day when my child is getting on and off the bus. I have called the Brazil Sheriffs department and no one comes to watch out for our kids. This needs to be stopped before someone really gets hurt or killed!

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 1:19 PM

Everyone needs to be more aware of school buses! I watch cars pass the bus every day when my child is getting on and off the bus. I have called the Brazil Sheriffs department and no one comes to watch out for our kids. This needs to be stopped before someone really gets hurt or killed!

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 1:19 PM

Cell phone or texting possibly?

-- Posted by BWare on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 1:20 PM

Agreed, Leo .. one would see the top of a bus coming over the hill than a car or truck.

This used to be the way I went home .. and I've had a scare more than once when I topped the hill! Better to be safe than sorry by taking a few extra seconds to SEE if something is coming!

I'm sure a citation is warranted in this instance, even if the driver of the truck came to a complete stop.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 4:35 PM

My prayers are going out for all involved. I hope the young lady has a speedy recovery.

-- Posted by dana67 on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 5:21 PM

4 way stop signs are always helpful with blind intersections...just sayin

-- Posted by yubantode on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 5:37 PM






-- Posted by ram0314 on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 5:54 PM

I live a few houses south of this intersection and as hard as it is to believe you cannot see anything that is at the bottom of the hill going west, not even a yellow school bus! The traffic that goes down 800n. goes way over the speed limit, including school buses that are just schuttling kids from one school to another and are not picking any children up. The Sheriff needs to put a patrol car on 150w. with a radar gun and just see how fast they go. One of my grandchildren was on that bus, I was there,the kids were all very upset for the driver of the truck. Kasie and her family, our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

-- Posted by parent&grandparent on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 6:39 PM

Move the radar gun from Craig Park to 800 N

also put a deputy with a radar gun on the other side 150 W

-- Posted by buddry55 on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 6:52 PM

ram0314: West Central Avenue is probably one of the most traveled streets in Brazil by police agencies mostly in part to West Central Village and the popularity of drugs.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 7:28 PM

this is another intersection thats needs a lot of tree's and schrubs cleaned out even when you take your time it's just hard to see.ithink we have a crew that work on Sunday's that could spend thier time cleaning that area and make it safer.surely we some chain saws to get it cut down and use the community service from that point.i know there is other things in town that need cleaned but this could save lives.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 10:26 PM

Parent&grandparent, I'll agree that you may not be able to even see the top of a bus at the bottom of the hill, but the top would come into view long before the top of a car. Of course, even that would be overcome by speed of the bus. I'd be interested in a good estimate of the bus' speed that sent the truck off the road and into the pole with enough force to break the pole.

There are several factor that have been mentioned that need to be looked at by local government.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 11:05 PM

The force and speed that it took the bus to"shove the truck off the roadway into a utility pole which snapped" must have been considerable. What was the name of the bus driver, I didn't catch it.

It's easy to blame a young driver but I am sure there will be a more appropiate time to place blame once all the facts are in. My thoughts and prayers are with the Scarbrough family for Kasies' full and speedy recovery.

-- Posted by LynnWinn74 on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 11:23 PM

Bware, i hope you are speaking of either or the bus driver or the young lady, as i see so many adults (responsible) on the phone & driving. and sayitlouder, that was the most ignorant statement i have ever seen on this post,"ramalmadingdong, keep your kids out of the streets and they wont get hit." This child was going to school. My prayers for all involved, the bus driver and the young lady. Sometimes we have all made mistakes while driving, thats human. God send Kasie a speedy recovery.

-- Posted by mamawpam on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 6:28 AM

Thank you for the comments regarding visability and concerns about the speed of the school bus. Oftentimes everyone jumps to the conclusion that a young person was at fault. Our prayers are with everyone involved.

-- Posted by GRANNYG on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 7:54 AM

I have to respond to those commenting about the bus driver .. ONE - whether speed was a factor or not, the bus had the RIGHT OF WAY. By the look of the photo above, the truck was hit moreso in front than in the back or side. Yes, both vehicles SHOULD have been going the speed limit.

It could have been that the bus driver was trying to gain momentum to get up the hill and not traveling at a high rate of speed. It could be that the driver of the truck did not stop at the stop sign. We won't know until the investigation is complete.

Either way, NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with Depot Street, how fast people drive there, or the fact that small children are left unattended outside all the time, throughout Brazil. There are PLENTY of streets in town (and out) where speed is a factor and people disregard stop signs.

My comment about the citation is because the bus had the right of way. I wish everyone involved a speedy recovery, no matter who is proven to be at fault.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 8:26 AM

We want to talk about young kids using their cell phones while driving and that being causes of many accidents and this may be true but what about the adults that use their cell phones while driving. My children have told me of a sub bus driver that text messages while driving the school bus. My one child has said she does not like it when they have that sub and that the sub scares her. She has complained to the actually bus driver about it if anyone is wondering. I just think that people need to be aware that there are people out there that are suppose to be in charge of our children's lives and they are doing things that are jeopardizing that.

-- Posted by concerned parents on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 8:50 AM

Mamawpam, if you want to call someone's statement ignorant, maybe you should read the one sayitlouder is referring to. "WE HAVE DOCUMENTED ALL OF THESE CALLS SO WHEN ONE OF OUR CHILDREN GET INJURED OR KILLED,WE WILL HAVE WHAT WE NEED." Need for what? I too assume this person is talking about children playing in or near the street not driving to school.

-- Posted by jm3611 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 10:00 AM

mamawpam, you figure it out, you seem to be the expert (well one of them anyway).

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 10:39 AM

My prayers go out to Kasie and her family! Last I heard, she is still in critical condition. Everyone out there she is in need of lots of prayer. Please! pray for her. As far as the accident ( from what Ive heard, read, and seen pictures of) I really can't tell whose at fault. She did stop at the stop sign (by the way) and I believe she did not see the school bus until it was to late. I do however, have a hard time believing that the school bus was going the speed limit. It is very seldom that when i see a school bus traveling down the road with or without kids that they are not speeding. The picture of the accident clearly shows the force of the bus when it hit that truck. No-way! the bus was not speeding. Thank God! non of the children or the bus driver was hurt. I hope the investigaters investigate the accident more for the real truth. Kasie some1ispraying for you and your family i wont stop until you are better.

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 10:56 AM

Guess it's time to add my 2 cents worth. To start with I am a bus driver and I'd like to address some of the issues raised here. First of all a lot of times when we're accused of speeding we're not but because of the size & noise from the bus people think we are. Secondly buses do not go up hills very fast. Even on the interstate running 60 mph a bus will drop to 50 or lower going up a hill. Thirdly, it's obvious that the young lady did not yield the right of way and pulled out in front of the bus. To "concerned parent"..if this in fact is true then someone needs to report this driver to the Transportation Office. Cell phones are NOT allowed, for the students and most certainly not for the drivers. I wish Kasie a speedy recovery and am also keeping the bus driver and the kids that were on that bus in my thoughts and prayers.

-- Posted by hd80 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 12:23 PM

hd80, you are correct. IF she stopped, and then pulled in front of the bus, it is failure to yeild right of way.

You also say that cell phones are not allowed for students. Is this a rule of the school? Because it sure isn't a State Statute, unfortunately.

For ANY non-readers, I DID NOT say either or both were using cell phones. It's fortuate this young lady wasn't hurt or worse. Clay County has lost too many young people in the last few years.

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 4:10 PM

Why is it that people in this community seem to sit on the computer and make rude and unnecessary comments on every story like this? Why do people insist on trying to play the blame game when they weren't present to personally witness what happened? We're lucky it wasn't worse than it was, regardless of whose fault the accident was. Thankfully, given the nature of the accident, she's doing decent and recovering (just in case anyone who reads this that is actually interested in the true reason the story was written).

-- Posted by changingtheworld:] on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 4:58 PM

An accident can happen to anyone, anywhere, for a variety of reasons. I hope all involved are doing ok and make a full recovery. It isn't whos fault it was that is important, the important thing is to learn from it and take something away that might prevent the same incident from happening. That being said I think one lesson here is to TRY to be a little more cautious when driving in general. Slow down a bit and take a few extra seconds at stops. It's easy to get in a car and drive and be thinking of the days problems and for a moment not pay attention and it change a life forever. We take driving for granted a lot in general, it happens to everyone who drives at some point or another. The ones who haven't had an accident are lucky ones. Can anyone say they have never had a close call before because of something they did?

-- Posted by Ninesy on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 5:56 PM

After reading all these slurs, I don't believe any of you know where the accident happened. Get your facts straight. I understand there was two buses, maybe the young lady just didn't see the second, they are both yellow you know.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 8:51 PM

EAGLESNEST .. I had no idea that buses are yellow. I take it you will be writing these articles from now on, since you know so much more than the officers and reporter on scene.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 11:28 AM

BWare...the cell phone issue is corporation policy

-- Posted by hd80 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 12:44 PM

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