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UPDATE: Three taken to hospital following Tuesday accident

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Officials wait for tow trucks to take three vehicles away from a seven-vehicle accident in Vigo County Tuesday morning. [Order this photo]
VIGO COUNTY -- Three individuals were transported to Union Hospital, Terre Haute, following a seven-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

At approximately 6:50 a.m., officials were dispatched to an accident, which took place near the Vigo-Clay county line on United States 40.

According to information provided by the Vigo County Sheriff's Department, an initial accident involved a white mini-van and a Dodge passenger vehicle.

The driver of the van, Spencer Ooley-Vira, was traveling west on U.S. 40 when he fell asleep and crossed the centerline.

His vehicle sideswiped a vehicle driven by Julia Harrington, who was traveling east on U.S. 40.

According to officials with the Vigo County Sheriff's Department, after the first accident had taken place, several other vehicles had stopped to "check the welfare" of the individuals involved in the first accident.

Christy Clark, driving east in a red Chevrolet passenger vehicle, then rear-ended a black Ford passenger vehicle driven by Todd Lacomba.

Lacomba's vehicle was then pushed into a stopped white Pontiac passenger (also heading east), driven by Brooke Kennedy.

Johnathon Streacker was traveling east and drove into the rear of Clark's vehicle, pushing her vehicle into the westbound lane and striking a black Mitsubishi, driven by Mindy Russell.

Kennedy, Russell and Harrington were all transported to Union Hospital. Officials reported all suffered minor injuries.

Ooley-Vira was transported to the Vigo County Jail after testing above the legal limit for alcohol and testing positive for marijuana. He was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene helping divert traffic from the area.

Vigo County officials diverted eastbound U.S. 40 traffic to Tabertown Road while westbound traffic was diverted to County Road 700 West (in Clay County) or Miami Gardens Road.

Traffic was flowing on the road freely by 8:20 a.m.

Additional responding agencies included Indiana State Police, Terre Haute Fire Department, Riley Fire Department, Nevins Fire Department, Seelyville Fire Department and TransCare.

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oooh - this will be a tough one for the insurance comapanies to sort out - Who is goann pay for what? Hope all people will be okay.

-- Posted by indianamama on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 1:20 PM

I had to stop behind the black Mitsubishi and was sitting there waiting to go around her (after tapping my horn hoping she'd move) when she got hit. My question is why on earth was she stopped in the westbound left lane of a non-divided 55 MPH 4-lane highway in the dark for no apparent reason? The vehicles involved in the initial accident were on the eastbound shoulder and ditch. She helped turn a 2 car accident into a 7 car accident.

-- Posted by MegaGlide on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 4:11 PM

She may have been stopped to help, but she should have GOTTEN OFF THE MAIN ROAD to do so. Common sense goes out the window, unfortunately.

Some assume other drivers will watch out for them, since they aren't watching out for themselves.

Hope everyone is alright.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 11:52 AM

Megaglide: In the Dark? Just how dark was it. I was there also and it seamed to be light out to me. I could see everything pretty well. Maybe it was lighter out for us going east and darker for those of you going west and if you were heading west and the Mitsubishi was hit in the front like the paper states by a west bound vehicle then how was it her fault that she helped turn it into a 7 car accident? Just curious as to all your facts that you seam to have???

-- Posted by MS440 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:00 AM

Sorry she was hit in the front by a eastbound vehicle. So correct me if she was hit in front by a eastbound vehicle an she was stopped but had been going westbound then how can she be a fault for that???????????

-- Posted by MS440 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:04 AM

She was stopped dead in the left lane for no reason. Sunrise is after 7:00. It wasn't dead dark at 6:45, but it wasn't light, either.

If you see nothing wrong with stopping in the left lane on a 55 MPH road, I can't explain it to you. I had to stop behind her and was inches from being vehicle 8. I would just love to hear her reason for stopping where she did.

-- Posted by MegaGlide on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:40 AM

BTW, she wasn't hit in the front. The eastbound vehicle plowed into the back of a stopped eastbound behicle then rebounded into the side of hers. The stopped vehicle that was hit was next to me as I was stopped behind her.

-- Posted by MegaGlide on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:42 AM

So how was it any of her fault that this got to be a 7 vehicle accident then? If you were stopped behind her and her car was hit by a vehicle going east that had been hit by another vehicle going east as well sounds like she was in the right place at the right time. Had she not have been sitting there it could have very easily been another head on collision had someone passed in the passing lane after the car stopped in the Eastbound lane got rearended. Do you understand that? Would you have not stopped to check on them or are you one of those people that just drives right on by and thinks well its not me sucks to be them type of people?

-- Posted by MS440 on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 12:53 PM

Oh, I'd have stopped (if plenty of folks weren't already stopped on the shoulder). Just not in the left lane of a 55 MPH roadway. That's what shoulders are for. She was lucky I didn't rear end her.

-- Posted by MegaGlide on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 3:33 PM

Sunset was 5:25 on Tuesday.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 10:57 PM

For you smarty-pants folks this accident happened at 0650 and yes, it is still dark. By the time the picture of the accident was taken the sun was up and light out. What does the time of sunset have to do with anything Conservative Dad? LOL

Glad it wasn't any worse than it was.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Dec 10, 2013, at 11:21 AM

Why are we commenting on a story that says occured in March of 2012? Or rather...why am I commenting on a story that occured in March of 2012?

Brazil Times....is the date correct on this piece?????????

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Dec 10, 2013, at 11:23 AM

it might be because the level of intellect to report news fairly and accurately is going to new lows , its about time for it to be revamped and actually have some news on it

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Wed, Dec 11, 2013, at 12:13 AM

come on Times Tuesday March 6, 2012 on March the 6 of 2012 it was Monday

-- Posted by twolong1short on Thu, Dec 12, 2013, at 11:04 AM

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