One Dead In Interstate 70 Crash
One person was killed and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash Sunday in Vigo County.
According to a release from the Indiana State Police, crews were dispatched to the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the 12 mile marker around 6:55 p.m.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Forward Air Freight tractor-trailer from Greenville, TN. was disabled on the eastbound shoulder and awaiting a wrecker. As the wrecker service arrived, another tractor-trailer, Tri Logistics of Anaheim, CA., became disabled in the eastbound driving lane just a few feet east of the Forward Air Freight vehicle. Eastbound traffic was slowing and merging into the passing lane for the wrecker and disabled vehicles, when an eastbound 2005 Volvo tractor pulling a box trailer loaded with frozen foods driven by Richard L. Merry, age 51, of Hamilton, Ohio struck the rear of a red, 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup. The red S10 was then forced into the rear of a gray 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup with both vehicles then striking the tractor-trailer on the shoulder.
The driver of the S10, Charles Loyd and his wife Connie Loyd, age 48, both of Anderson, Ind. were flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital by air ambulance. Both were treated for life threatening head, facial and internal injuries.
The driver of the Colorado, 55-year-old Lisa Carder of Olathe, Kansas was pronounced dead. Her husband, 59-year-old Thomas Carder, was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment. State Police say Mrs. Carder was not wearing a seat belt.
An autopsy is scheduled for late Monday afternoon.