SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A semi driver was arrested after police said he failed to slow for slowed traffic on the Indiana Toll Road and crashed into several vehicles, killing two people and sending five to hospitals.
Police say the crash occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday just west of South Bend and closed all eastbound lanes.
According to Indiana State Police, eastbound traffic was slowing due to work on a bridge and a semi failed to slow down. The semi hit a 1997 Geo and pushed it into the median. A 2013 Cadillac was struck and pushed through the median. A 2015 Jeep was struck and caught fire. A 2015 Chevrolet pickup was struck and rolled. A 2021 Ford van was struck and pushed into a ditch.
The driver of the semi – Chasen Thompson, 26, of Hamlin, NY – was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. State police said he submitted to a blood draw, and results are pending.
Westbound traffic was being diverted from the toll road. Westbound lanes were closed until 7:20 p.m., and the eastbound lanes reopened around 8:20 p.m.
The toll road is part of Interstates 80-90.
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