Four tractor-trailers were involved in a six-vehicle collision on Interstate 65 in Indiana Thursday, Sept. 12 that left one person dead and three others injured.
Indiana State Police say the collision occurred at about 9:15 a.m. near mile marker 159 just north of the State Route 28/158 Exit.
According to a statement from the troopers, traffic was stopped for an earlier crash south when a white 2016 Volvo pulling a refrigerated trailer and driven by Toddrick Fairley, 23, of Lucedale, Mississippi was in the right lane and failed to see that traffic had slowed. Troopers said Fairley allegedly was looking for a bottle on the floor of his truck when he rear-ended a maroon 2014 Subaru Legacy driven by Timothy Fagley, 54 of Michigan City, Indiana and projected that vehicle into the right ditch.
Fairley’s truck continued on and rear-ended a black 2012 Kenworth driven by Karana Wallace, 38, of Greensburg, Indiana, which was pulling a loaded tanker, according to police. The impact pushed the Kenworth into the rear of a white 2016 Ford Transit driven by Ira Brockman, 81 of Taylor Mill, Kentucky. The Transit was crushed between a second tanker being pulled by a 2009 red Volvo driven by Lucica Cimpean, 45, of Downers Grove, Illinois. Neither tanker had any spillage.
A sixth vehicle, a red 2003 Peterbilt driven by Jesus Alamo, 36, of Franklin Park, Illinois and pulling an empty flatbed trailer, was alongside the crash, received minor damage.
The driver of the Transit was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the troopers.
Fagley, the driver of the Suburu, was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by helicopter with serious injuries. His wife Kim refused treatment at the scene.
Fairley, who was driving 2016 Volvo, the was treated at IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette and was released. Wallace, the driver of the Kenworth tanker, was also transported to IU Arnett for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Cimpean and Alamo refused treatment at the scene.
The troopers continue their investigation.