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UPDATE: Investigation in death of driver ongoing

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

As of Wednesday, Clay County officials had not heard of the possible cause of death of a Brazil man.

The man, identified as Donald L. Hardesty, 52, Brazil, died Tuesday morning while driving a tanker full of molasses north on State Road 59, near Interstate-70.

Officials were dispatched to the scene at approximately 6:20 a.m.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department Dep. Homer Knopp, for unknown reasons, Hardesty's tanker veered off the road to the right and into a gulley off Little Birch Creek.

Officials speculated Hardesty might have died before the accident. In fact, it was believed a medical condition Hardesty might have led to the accident.

"This wasn't a fatally related accident," Knopp said.

Knopp said he attempted to revive Hardesty, as did officials with TransCare. However, Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl pronounced him dead at the scene.

None of the molasses in the tanker spilled. However, the company Hardesty drove for -- Opies Transport -- brought another tanker to the area to drain the molasses from one tanker to another.

No official cause of death has been released, and an autopsy was scheduled for later Tuesday afternoon.

Officials believed alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Other agencies responding to the accident included the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.


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any news on this? not seen or heard anything.

-- Posted by dbcoltharp on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 4:31 PM


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