VERMILLION COUNTY, Indiana — A tractor-trailer truck riding westbound on Interstate 74 in Vermillion County, Indiana, did not slow for stopping traffic timely and caused a massive accident. The tremendous rear-end crash sent four people, including an infant, to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. The Tribune-Starreported that Indiana State Police accident reconstruction troopers, along with several sheriff’s deputies, officers from neighboring police departments, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel from surrounding localities raced to the scene to attend to the causalities. The Indiana State Police accident reconstruction investigators have not completed their inquiry into the cause of the accident, and no law enforcement agency has announced if they will issue criminal charges. *
The Tribune-Star attributed a statement to the Vermillion County Sheriff. The county sheriff said in a press release that the 53-year-old driver of the semi-truck that started the chain reaction accident did not stop in time to avoid crashing into the rear of a car driven by an 18-year-old man. The young man, along with other motorists, were stopping because authorities were attending to a car fire about one-half of a mile ahead.
The tractor-trailer truck nearly destroyed the 18-year-old man’s vehicle. He, along with a juvenile passenger and an infant was badly hurt in the collision. After striking the 18-year-old’s car, the big rig plowed into the pickup truck, a sports utility vehicle, and then another semi-truck before coming to a stop.
The 18-year-old operator and his two passengers were rushed to Carle Hospital located in Champagne, Illinois, for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Also, the 60-year-old woman driving the sports utility vehicle struck by the out-of-control semi-truck required life-saving medical attention at Carle Hospital. The pickup truck driver and the truck driver of the second 18-wheeler were not severely injured in the crash. Photos taken by travelers of the accident scene illustrate the damage.
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