CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two people died as the result of a Monday afternoon two car collision near White Rock Road and State Road 59 on the Southside of Brazil.
According to Chief Deputy Josh Clarke of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a pickup truck driven by Randy Romans, 60, Brazil, Ind., and a car driven by Richard Adams, 93, Brazil, collided at approximately 3 p.m. Romans was uninjured, but Adams’ wife Shirley, 88, Brazil, died on the scene and Adams was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he later died from his injuries early Tuesday morning, Clarke said.
The crash is currently under investigation.
Neighbors in the area tell MyWabashValley.com they’ve had concerns about North State Road 59, describing familiar scenes of police blocking off traffic and cars halted due to a wreck.
Chief Deputy Clarke describes the area as heavily travelled.
“We do have several crashes that occur at this intersection. People come off of Craig Ave. or White Rock. and they tend to cross State Road 59. Unfortunately, whether they’re not seeing the traffic that’s headed North or South or they’re just trying to beat that traffic. It usually ends in a catastrophic event.” Clarke said.
He adds that wrecks in this location often share similarities.
“They’re generally crashes that occur that have significant damage and a lot of significant injuries. Just because of the speed built up here.” He adds. “This is one of our areas that sees a lot of wrecks.”
Surrounded by business, schools and other buildings, residents like Jessica Knowles say the posted speed limit of 50 mph is concerning.
“If there’s a fatality or a wreck and they have to close the roads they do a great job of, but the problem is the speeding. Today we had to walk across a field just to get all 3 of my kids off the bus.” Knowles said.
She adds at times she fears for her kids safety due to excessive speeding.
Knowles says neighbors are advocating for change via petition; asking for a 10 mph reduction along State Road 59.
A measure she hopes benefits area kids and drivers.
“50 is very fast especially in a school zone. There are tons of schools around here in Clay County, the busses are constantly going through. Something needs to change,” Knowles added.
More updates regarding this accident is expected to be released at a later time.