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.