Indiana State Police Trooper Jason Schoffstall directs traffic along SR 59 and US 40 Thursday evening. Traffic throughout the city was backed up for hours after a seven-vehicle accident, including two semis, on I-70 at about 3 p.m.
By FRANK PHILLIPS
A semi-truck driver who failed to reduce speed is believed to be responsible for a seven-vehicle pile-up on I-70 at the 30-mile marker near Greencastle on Thursday. The interstate's eastbound lane was closed for more than three hours.
"The accident occurred at 2:41 p.m. and the highway was reopened to traffic shortly after 6 p.m.," said investigating officer Jim Dungan, Indiana State Police.
Traffic was routed through Brazil on SR 59 to U.S. 231 and back to I-70.
Dungan said a semi-truck driver, Colonel V. Riddle, 61, of Monticello, Ind., failed to slow when the truck he was driving approached slow-moving traffic in a construction zone. As a result, his truck hit two automobiles, resulting in a chain collision with three other automobiles and another semi.
Five people were injured. Four were taken to the Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle, and one was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil.
None of the injuries were determined to be life-threatening, though a Lifeline medical transport helicopter from Indianapolis was notified but the request was later canceled.
The crash remains under investigation.
The vehicles were driven by Riddle, James Skocy, 55, of Rich Hill, Mo., Allison Bledsoe, 29, Wentsville, Mo., Alexis M. Yattaw, 22, Markleville, Ind., Brent Kueper, 33, Cincinnati, Jonathan Yost, 26, of Effingham, Ill., and the driver of a second semi, Barry Short, 34, Wausion, Ohio.
Injured were Skocy and a passenger, James King, 60, Nevada, Mo.; Bledsoe and her daughter, 18-month-old Emily Bledsoe; and Yattaw.
Police credited the use of seatbelts for limiting the extent of injuries. The Bledsoe child and two infants in the Kueper vehicle were in car seats. While the Bledsoe child suffered a bruised forehead, the other two infants were not injured.