GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Four people were taken to the hospital Thursday after a driver fails to stop for slowing traffic on southbound I-69 near Gas City and rear-ends a vehicle, causing a chain reaction.
At approximately 3:52 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police (ISP) and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a four-vehicle crash on I-69 near the 259-mile marker.
The preliminary crash investigation by Master Trooper Lee Williams reports that traffic was backed up in a work zone on southbound I-69 near the 259-mile marker. Raquin Pommer, 23, of Nashville, N.C., was driving a Hino Box truck southbound in the work zone when Pommer failed to stop for the slowing or stopped traffic and rear-ended a Ford Escape driven by Chase Foreman, 22, of Marion.
ISP reports that the momentum of the box truck and the Escape continued into an adjacent lane hitting a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Brandon Folgers, 26, of Anderson and a Chrysler 200 driven by Jalyn Moore, 21 of Summerville.
Foreman was flown from the crash scene to a Fort Wayne hospital with life threatening injuries.
Folgers was transported to a Muncie hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The other two drivers were transported to area hospitals for medical checks. They were released having suffered bruises and abrasions.
This crash is under investigation. ISP said at this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash.
Williams was assisted by Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez, Senior Trooper A.J. Coffee, Master Trooper Randy McPike, Trooper Adam York, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Gas City Fire Department, the Marion Fire Department, and Grant County EMS.