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Car hits pole, lands in ditch

Friday, June 10, 2011

Officials responded to a one-vehicle accident Friday evening on County Road 800 North, approximately 300 yards east of CR 150 W. The vehicle knocked down a utility pole and landed in the creek. Three people were sent to an undisclosed hospital reporting minor injuries as a result of the accident. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
A one-car accident sent three individuals to the hospital and knocked out power to more than 25 people Friday evening.

At approximately 5:40 p.m., officials at the Clay County Justice Center responded to a call of a car in the creek along County Road 800 North, approximately 300 yards east of CR 150 W.

Clay County Sheriff's Department K9 Handler/Sgt. Josh Clarke said upon arriving on the scene, he discovered the vehicle was inverted, entrapping three individuals inside.

According to Clarke, the vehicle, driven by Benjamin Merten, 18, Brazil, was traveling eastbound on CR 800 N when it lost control near the dip in the road at CR 150 W, went airborne and hit a utility pole before landing just off the nearby bridge and into the creek.

Duke Energy was dispatched to the scene to shut off nearby power lines, some of which were lying in the road "hot" approximately 300 yards away.

With the lines still active, CR 800 N was temporarily closed off between State Road 59 and CR 200 W for traffic control.

Clarke added once the power lines were shut off, Merten and the two passengers -- Joshua Hoskins, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile -- were extricated from the vehicle, and minor injuries were reported.

Merten, Hoskins and the juvenile were transported by TransCare to an undisclosed hospital to care for the undisclosed injuries.

Clarke told The Brazil Times the accident remains under investigation, in part, to determine if speed was a factor, and no citations were issued as of press time.

Other agencies assisting on the scene included Clay County Search and Rescue, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, and TransCare. AirEvac was dispatched to the scene, but later disregarded.

As of 7:45 p.m., Friday, Duke Energy reported 28 outages in Clay County, mostly in the area affected by the accident.

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Thank you to all the emergency personnel that responded to the accident. May God bless each of you.

-- Posted by asil on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 4:19 AM

The K-9 unit was there and there was no dope involved. The kids had been with family all day and were on the way to pick up dinner. Yes, speed most likely was a factor, not many kids that I know of that drive seem to follow the speed limits. But to assume and post on a public forum that dope was probably involved is completely slanderous and just downright wrong and mean. And for those wondering, I am the mother of 2 of the kids in the car, had been with them and other family all day, tests were run at the hospital so I know for a FACT there were no drugs involved. These kids are awful shaken up (one of them isn't completely ok due to injuries) and they sure don't need some idiot coming up with stories.

Again, thanks to all of those that were there helping and keeping the kids in their prayers.

-- Posted by asil on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 9:12 AM

BTW Woody1, you were there, you know the K-9 unit was there. I can't believe that you would get on here and put something like that. Unbelievable!

-- Posted by asil on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 9:44 AM

Good point asil. You and your family are in our prayers. Don't know about you, but based on woody1's post, I sure wouldn't want to go before a jury in Clay County. Again, I hope the kids are all okay. God Bless.

-- Posted by Jed on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 9:45 AM

Thankful the kids are ok. We have lost way to many kids due to reckless driving. I see so many vehicles fly down our county road, it really is upsetting. I wish I had the magic answer to convince teens and adults that they don't want to live with the burden of knowing they killed someone. I hope if speed was an issue in this incident that these kids will use this experience to tell others it's not worth it to speed. We all can learn from our mistakes and use that knowledge for good. I also wrecked my car and hit a pole due to speed and it changed my life. I never drove recklessly again. asil, I am so glad the kids are ok. No parent want to get that call.

-- Posted by localgal on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 10:05 AM

I do apologize if those comments weren't from you.

-- Posted by asil on Sat, Jun 11, 2011, at 11:02 AM

living on a county road i have noticed that speed is usually a factor in crashes around here, esp if kids are involved. that area of 800 N is bad anyway because of the way the road dips and slopes, add speed to that and it's a receipe for disaster. I agree with local gal, we need a magic answer to get kids to follow the speed limits (and several adults around here too). good luck to the kids involved.

-- Posted by brazil resident 2011 on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 10:02 AM

The boy driving the car is well aware of the fact that he's 18, he "screwed up" as you put it, and that he has to pay for this. Everyone knows that speed was a factor, including me, the mother of the driver but my God, why on earth do people have to be so mean about it? The kid just totalled his car, his sister is hurt, his best friend got hurt, do you not think that besides the monetary part, he's paying a lot more than that? All 3 of those kids are.

-- Posted by asil on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 11:25 AM

Prayers are with you and your family asil. I hope all the kids are doing better now.

Sorry that you have had to endure the tongue lashings, finger slashings, and idiotic comments that come from some of our finer residents.

God bless you and the families of those involved.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 8:52 AM

Thank you so much. The kids are doing well. Both boys still have some cuts but feeling fine. My daughter is still pretty sore but she's alive and not seriously hurt so I couldn't ask for much more than that.

-- Posted by asil on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 10:06 AM

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