LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A crash involving two semis and a dump truck forced the westbound lanes of the Toll Road in LaGrange County near Howe to be closed for nearly four and a half hours Tuesday evening.
The preliminary investigation determined that at the time of the crash both westbound lanes were backed up and stopped due to road construction two miles ahead at the 118 mile marker. For an unknown reason, the driver of a semi pulling a loaded car hauler failed to notice the stopped traffic ahead of him and crashed into the rear of another semi. This initial impact caused that semi to then crash into the rear of a dump truck that was also stopped in traffic.
Two of the three drivers were injured in the crash. One of the drivers was trapped and a cooperative effort between the Howe & Shipshewana Fire Departments and Grates wrecker service was required to separate the heavily damaged vehicles in order to free the driver from the cab of his truck. That driver was flown from the scene to a Fort Wayne hospital. The extent of his injuries was unknown. The second injured driver sustained only minor injuries.
The Indiana State Police issued the following statement in regards to the crash happening near a construction zone:
Although the exact reason for this particular “construction zone” collision has not yet been clearly identified, the Indiana State Police are clearly finding it way too common for motorists to be traveling at high rates speeds and not paying attention within our Hoosier construction zones. Traffic flow through a construction zone is ever changing and often sudden and unexpected, making excessive speed and distracted driving a recipe for disaster!Indiana State Police