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One dies following accident on SR 59

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Rochester, Ind., man died Thursday after his SUV collided with a semi-truck trailer at the intersection of State Roads 42 and 59 in Brazil. The other passengers, the man's wife and family, were not harmed in the incident. [Order this photo]
CLAY COUNTY -- A Rochester, Ind. man died in a car crash at the intersection of State Roads 42 and 59 in Brazil on Thursday.

According to officials, the accident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Officials said the driver of the SUV, heading south on SR 59, apparently disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of SR 59 and SR 42. His vehicle, a silver GMC Yukon SUV, collided with a semi-truck that was turning onto SR 59 N from SR 42 E. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Clay County Sheriff and Rescue departments, the Jackson Township Emergency Department and the Posey County Volunteer Fire Department were among the many emergency personnel who rushed to the scene to assist.

The driver of the SUV was immediately pinned in his seat under the semi-truck trailer. According to officials, the first attempts to extract the victim from his vehicle failed, with emergency responders using emergency first aid to try and revive him.

According to Sgt. Jason Frazier of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, there were additional passengers in the vehicle -- the driver's wife and family. The passengers sustained no injuries and were released by emergency medical personnel.

The semi-truck driver, of C.R. Campbell Trucking Inc., was shaken but uninjured and refused any medical treatment. He voluntarily offered to take drug and alcohol testing at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

The driver's body was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for the coroner's review.

Frazier noted the intersection of SR 42 and SR 59 is a very busy intersection, as it is right off of the interstate, but it is not a particularly dangerous intersection. When Frazier was asked about the apparent cause of the incident, he cited unfamiliarity with the intersection.

"It's a pretty safe intersection, and generally speaking there are not a large amount of accidents here," Frazier said. "But unfamiliarity with both the intersection and the four-way stop was most likely the cause."

Witnesses reported to officials it didn't appear the driver regarded the stop sign.

The name of the deceased driver was not released, pending family notification.

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