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Patricia Harden, daughter of Trimble County Circuit Court Clerk Theresa Edwards, is recovering at her home in Madison following a horrifying, two-vehicle traffic accident last week.
According to a news release from Jefferson County (Ind.) Sheriff John Wallace, officers from his department responded to the intersection of U.S. 421 and Highway 62 on Madison’s hilltop at 10:41 a.m. on Thursday, May 31.
Wallace said a semi tractor and trailer, driven by 35-year-old David Kennedy, of Iowa, was northbound on the four-lane U.S. 421 when he failed to stop at the intersection as required. The four-way stop at the intersection with the four-lane state road 62 is clearly marked with signs and flashing red lights.
A vehicle driven by Harden, of Madison, was eastbound on Highway 62 and had entered the intersection when it was struck by the semi tractor and trailer. Following the impact the momentum of the Kennedy vehicle drove the Harden vehicle through the intersection and into the grassy median.
Harden, 40, had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was transported from the scene to The King’s Daughters’ Hospital by KDH Emergency Medical Service personnel. She was later transported by air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Kennedy was not injured.
Wallace said in the release that it was feared that Harden had suffered head injuries.
Theresa Edwards said her daughter was released from the hospital on Saturday.
“It is a miracle,” Edwards said. “She’s very sore, she’s bruised from one end to the other but there is no paralysis, no internal injuries and no broken bones.”
Harden grew up in Trimble County and is a 1989 Trimble County High School graduate, her mother said.
“I just praise God that He was with her through the whole ordeal,” Edwards said. “I just can’t talk about it. It’s so overwhelming how much of a miracle it is how well she’s doing. I can’t say enough about the staff at U of L. They have an amazing team down there. She is doing very, very well!”