On Tuesday, August 13, a semi-truck drove into stopped traffic near a construction zone, leaving several drivers injured in a multi-vehicle crash. The accident occurred in Jasper County around 11:00 p.m. near the 228-mile marker on I-65, and resulted in complete closure of the northbound and southbound lanes for about six hours. According to reports by the Indiana State Police, at least six vehicles were involved in the crash, including the semi-truck and double trailer owned by UPS, which caused the initial ordeal. Thankfully, nobody was killed, but several drivers were transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
The accident initially occurred when a UPS semi-truck driver, 61-year-old Richard Turner, overlooked the lane closures and marked construction zone along I-65. Because of these lane closures, traffic was stopped up ahead of Turner. Another driver, Geoffrey Minger, saw Turner’s vehicle approaching quickly from behind, so he attempted to move out of the way to avoid a rear-end collision. Although Minger’s vehicle was in the other lane, Turner still struck his vehicle, though the damage wasn’t as great as it could have been.
Turner’s semi then went on to strike another vehicle, causing several rear-end collisions. After causing a pile-up, the semi drove into the median and rolled across the southbound lanes before finally coming to a stop. Several people were injured and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
For the full story about this accident, visit the Rensselaer Republican online.
Multi-vehicle accidents can be extremely serious and often result in severe, if not deadly, injuries. Although this damaging accident didn’t result in any fatal injuries, the damage after any car accident can be extremely severe and may include whiplash, PTSD, brain injury, and more. If you or someone you love was harmed in a multi-vehicle crash, or any other type of collision involving a semi-truck, make sure you know your legal options.
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