The accident occurred in a construction zone and was allegedly the result of one driver failing to reduce his speed for slowing traffic. One person was transported for medical treatment, and one vehicle fled the scene.
Preliminary investigation revealed eastbound traffic was slowing within the construction zone when a Luxury Line Charter Tours Inc., bus loaded with nine passengers and driven by Eric G. Austin, 53, Troy, Mich., rear-ended a Pam Transport Inc., tractor-trailer driven by Norman J. Granberry, 64, Paris, Texas. The Pam Transport semi then struck a Comstar Enterprises tractor-trailer, driven by David J. Cholin, 43, Carthage, Mo. Austin was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for apparent non-life threatening leg injuries. Neither tractor driver reported injuries.
During the initial accident, a white GMC or Chevrolet full-size passenger van with no registration plate driven by an unknown white male, struck a maroon 2010 Ford Escape in the rear and forced it into the rear of the bus. The white van then fled the scene eastbound on I-70, appearing to be accompanied by a white mini-van with State of Ohio registration plates. The Ford Escape was driven by Andrew S. McReynolds, 47, Willow Hill, Ill. No injuries were reported.
Some of the nine passengers on the charter bus received minor injuries, but refused medical treatment. The bus was enroute from Des Moine, Iowa to Detroit, Mich. Austin was cited for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.
The eastbound lanes were closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours for wreckage cleanup.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Don Curtis. He was assisted by other ISP troopers, Vigo County Sheriff's deputies, Terre Haute Fire Department, Trans Care Ambulance Service, along with Peffley and Hinshaw Wrecker Service.