TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) – Indiana State Police says two collisions involving four semitrailers and five passenger vehicles have left Interstate 70 at least dead and west, closed near Terre Haute. The accident occurred at the marker 11 miles in the western lanes at 9:41 am
According to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Matt Ames, five passenger vehicles and two commercial vehicles were involved
There are two commercial motor vehicles and five passenger vehicles, involving one death. There is an on-site accident reconstruction team. pic.twitter.com/EwxzLb5fnv
̵1; Sgt. Matt Ames (@ISPPutnamville) March 16, 2019
The second accident occurred six miles east of the first crash, encouraging the State Police to divert traffic back at the Brazil Exit.
Be patient and work extra staff to help those involved in the accidents. Thank you. https://t.co/WF6nrE5Zqy_19459003 book- Sgt. Matt Ames (@ISPPutnamville) March 16, 2019
Ames says that a semitrailer driver went sandwich longer than two hours later, and although he was bending it to pick up, he didn't see traffic from the first one crash and hit another semitrailer back. Ames says the driver died when his fuel lines were solved, burning his cab.
Ames says that the western lanes are likely to stay close on Saturday evenings.
Two dead were confirmed because of the two accidents. The names of the victims were not released.