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UPDATE: Pair of accidents keep emergency responders busy

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Officials with the Brazil City Police Department responded to a two-car accident at the intersection of United States 40 and Washington Street Monday, which sent one individual to the hospital. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
A pair of accidents kept emergency response personnel busy Monday afternoon.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., Clay County Sheriff's Department officials were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident with entrapment on State Road 59, near the Clay-Parke line.

CCSD Sgt. Jason Frazier told The Brazil Times a 2005 International dump truck, driven by Parke County Highway Department worker Allen Harney, 49, Rockville, was traveling southbound on SR 59 when a 1999 Mercury Sable, which was traveling west on County Road 1500 North, failed to yield the right of way and pulled out in front of the highway vehicle.

Van Buren and Dick Johnson volunteer fire departments, along with Clay County Search and Rescue, worked to free the driver of the Sable, Courtney Lash, 29, Brazil, from the vehicle, which was totaled in the accident.

Frazier said TransCare stabilized Lash, who was later transported by AirEvac to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for undisclosed injuries.

Harney reported no injuries, and the highway vehicle sustained minor damage.

The scene was cleared at approximately 3:30 p.m., and assisting were the Brazil City Fire Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department and Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department.

Meanwhile, as officials were leaving the first accident scene, the Brazil City Police Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of United States 40 and Washington Street.

Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce said a Nissan Frontier, driven by Ryan Chase, 33, Brazil, was rear-ended by a Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by Nicole A. Bemis, 30, Brazil, at around 3:26 p.m.

According to Pierce, Bemis stated she had looked down to get something off the floorboard and did not realize traffic had stopped.

The airbags deployed in the Eclipse, and Bemis was transported by TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for undisclosed injuries. No injuries were reported for Chase.

The accident and subsequent cleanup forced traffic to be backed up in the eastbound lane of U.S. 40 in Brazil for approximately a half-hour.

Clay County Search and Rescue provided assistance at the scene and the Eclipse, which suffered major front-end damage and leaked coolant, was towed away by Poor Boys Towing.

Both accidents remain under investigation, as there is a possibility for citations to be issued.

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Glad everyone was ok but I have to say that people need to pay attention more. I had a friend die in a car accident because he didn't yield a few years ago.

Nothing on the floor board can be that important that you should take your eyes away from your driving....what would have happened if the driver would have had to tell a family that they hit their walking child because they dropped something on the floor board. By the looks of the damage to the red car...how fast do people think they need to drive through town anyway?!?

-- Posted by JLT2007 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:15 AM

I was not getting anything off of the floorboard I was getting chapstick out from beside my cup in my Cup holder right next to me. Don't critisize before you know the true facts.. No one was seriously hurt I sustained the brunt of the Accident, I am the one who went the hospital, I am the one without a car, and I am the one responsible for what happened but just remember Accidents happen I KNOW my 14year old niece was killed in an ACCIDENT 8 years ago. Any thing can happen at any time and happen to anyone.

-- Posted by anbemis on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:39 AM

CRITICIZE?????? I will copy and paste exactly what the paper has in the article above! ((((("According to Pierce, Bemis stated she had looked down to get something off the floorboard and did not realize traffic had stopped.")))) (PER THE ARTCILE ABOVE). Hence the reason why I ASSUMED what the facts were...it was a direct quote of what you told the officers in the article. Maybe you should have told them what you just told me and they would have written it differently.

I'm sure a small fender bender like that would not require a trip to the hospital in an ambulence?!? I have hit a telephone pole because of a tire blow out, which busted out my driver side window and my whole winshield....I hit my elbow and cut it and my arm all to crap and went home to put a band-aid on it! They sent an ambulence to the scene and the paramedics told me I was fine and that was bleeding all over myself severely! So if you took an ambulence ride, I ASSUME that you had SEVERE lacerations to your head and upper body possibly? Hope your ok if you sustained those types of injuries though!

-- Posted by JLT2007 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 10:16 PM

You were also the one at fault (in the eyes of the law). Doesn't really matter WHERE the item was, does it?

Glad there were no serious injuries.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 11:58 AM


-- Posted by JaniLou on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 7:01 PM

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