Food may be culprit for Saturday situation

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Several people were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital Saturday afternoon after becoming ill following a pitch-in dinner.

According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 1:29 p.m., a 911 call was made to dispatch regarding the situation, which took place north of the intersection of State Road 59 and Hendrix Street.

The initial call was for an ambulance and TransCare headed to the scene.

However, upon arrival, when it became known that others were becoming ill, officials notified the Brazil Fire Department for fear of a possible gas leak.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department also responded to the call.

"Initially, we were not sure if there was a gas leak," Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill told The Brazil Times. "But we pretty quickly found out the culprit was food."

According to Gambill, several vendors were in the area selling antiques and other items as part of the Covered Bridge Festival.

These vendors had a tradition of getting together and having a pitch-in dinner.

"This is something they do every day they are out there," Gambill said. "The people selling items all got together and had food of their own."

Gambill said reports indicated that some of the people were passing out after eating at the pitch-in, while others were becoming dizzy and groggy.

Food from the pitch-in was collected and analyzed and after interviewing some of the people at the scene, investigators narrowed it down to a pan of cornbread, Gambill said.

"One item (may have) caused the people to get ill," he said.

Gambill added those who became ill -- more than 10 people -- were all drug tested. Two people came tested positive, but Gambill said the positive test could be explained from medication they were taken.

Additional tests on the food were scheduled for this week to determine what caused the sudden illness.

Some of the ill people were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and others were diverted to Union Hospital. Others voluntarily took themselves to hospitals for treatment, Gambill said.

The Clay County Health Department was also notified of the situation, Gambill said.

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  • Thank you to all who responded and cared for our loved ones and friends. It was like a nightmare happening right in front of our eyes.

    I hope whoever did this is reading this and may you have trouble sleeping at night. You could have KILLED people with your actions. We will find you out and then you'll pay!

    -- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Oct 21, 2013, at 10:41 AM
  • Proud of My Country from what I am reading in your comment you believe this was done on purpose??? That is crazy!!

    -- Posted by ClayCountyResident2005 on Mon, Oct 21, 2013, at 1:06 PM
  • I was one of those taken to the hospital and when they sent me home the doctor came in and told me that they suspected someone had put meth in the cornbread.

    -- Posted by tennis2189 on Mon, Oct 21, 2013, at 2:01 PM
  • Is it crazy? What makes you think that crazy stuff can't happen in little old Brazil, Indiana? There are some crazy folks out there....wake up and look around!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Oct 22, 2013, at 11:14 AM
  • It sure as H*() wasn't food poisoning and you're the crazy one if you think it is! Well, I guess technically it is food poisoning but typically food poisoning takes at least 4 - 6 hours to hit you and makes you puke and poop and all kinds of good stuff. These people were stricken within 10 minutes of eating the cornbread! 10 minutes.....there were 11 people and a dog fighting for their lives.....this was not an oopsie moment.

    -- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Oct 22, 2013, at 11:18 AM
  • Meth laced cornbread and no police investigation? Sounds like corruption to me especially because they know who made the cornbread. Another small town cover up.

    -- Posted by Habitus on Wed, Oct 23, 2013, at 9:59 AM
  • And this is not a rumor as being stated on the news. The hospital confirmed positive tests for meth. Why is the FBI not involved in a case being ignored by the local police? Perhaps if someone had died it would be taken more seriously? Ridiculous.

    -- Posted by Habitus on Thu, Oct 24, 2013, at 8:00 PM
  • So my question is ... if this is what Meth does to you when injested .. what makes it the "drug of choice" in 'lil' old Brazil?

    -- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 28, 2013, at 11:33 AM
  • This case is being investigated to the fullest. It will just take some time so nobody makes any mistakes and the screwtards that did it can pay for what they've done. Oh don't will be followed through. Lots and lots of things that people don't know and can't be talked about.

    -- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Oct 28, 2013, at 12:35 PM
  • I cannot help but LOL at the people that think the local PD would intentionally cover this up. Do they really think the police do not want those guilty to be held accountable? Come on people. Use what little common sense you have left, and realize that the police are doing what they can, and making sure to not make mistakes. We all know how fast you will jump on the wagon again, if they made a mistake.

    -- Posted by Oldtown on Tue, Oct 29, 2013, at 7:17 AM
  • Any updates with this story?

    -- Posted by sixfoottown on Wed, Oct 30, 2013, at 1:54 PM
  • Not yet.....hopefully someone will keep this updated.

    -- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 11:35 AM
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