VIGO COUNTY -- Indiana State Police Troopers responded to a multi-vehicle crash on United States 40 approximately one mile east of Seelyville Wednesday morning.
The crash -- which took place at approximately 7:58 a.m., Wednesday -- involved four vehicles, including a driver who fled the scene and only minor injuries to one occupant.
A preliminary investigation by ISP officials revealed a Vigo County School Corporation bus was stopped in the right lane of westbound United States 50 with the stop arm deployed to pick up a student. A black 2000 Audi driven by Shari Smith, Brazil, was stopped next to the bus in the westbound passing lane and behind her was a 2004 Volvo driven by Kent Pettet, Indianapolis.
For an unknown reason, a white van then struck the Volvo in the rear, which forced the Volvo into the Audi. The driver of the white van put the vehicle in reverse and struck a Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Damion Brown, Brazil. The driver of the white van then put the vehicle in drive, accelerated forward, and struck the Volvo in the rear and again forcing it into the rear of the Audi. The driver of the white van fled the scene westbound on U.S. 40.
The Audi and Volvo were drivable, but the F-150 sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed from the scene. In addition, Brown suffered internal pain and sought his own medical treatment.
The ISP Putnamville Post had five troopers on the scene within one minute and after an extensive search of the area, troopers were unable to locate the white van.
Indiana State Police officials are seeking any information that may help in identifying the white van and the male driver. The only description is a white van (possibly a Chevy Astro van) with an unknown male driver (believed to be a white male). The van could possibly have extensive front and rear end damage.
Anyone with information should contact ISP Trooper Bill Bradbury at the Putnamville Post by calling 765-653-4114.