UPDATE 3/17 3:20 PM:
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We've now heard the names of both victims on Saturday's fatalities.
Indiana police have announced the victim of the first crash was Morgan N. Johnson, 20, of Reelsville, Indiana. Johnson was the driver of the vehicle, which went up in flames after being hit by a semi-finished product.
The truck driver who caused the crash chain was Pierre St. Jean (70) from Quebec. The Indiana state police say St. Jean did not recognize the slow traffic in the area, causing another vehicle and five Pedestrain vehicles to be hit.
The Indiana State Police also says that investigation is ongoing, but when completed, it will be handed over to the Vigo district attorney's office.
Joe Robinson, Jr., of Indianapolis was announced late Saturday night. According to the Indiana State Police, the Semi that caused the second accident drove along Interstate 70. This accident occurred just before Saturday Saturday.
The passenger in this semi, April Robinson, was declared dead at the scene.
Investigators say Micheal Workman of Glendale, Arizona drove the affected Semi. His passenger, Charles Tolbert from Yuma, suffered severe but not life-threatening injuries. Tolbert was flown to Indianapolis for treatment.
The police say both halves have put on their seatbelt. It is believed that drugs and alcohol are not factors in this crash.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) ̵
The first accident occurred near the exit of Highway 46. It included two half and five passenger cars. Sergeant Matt Ames of the Indiana State Police confirms that one person died in this accident.
According to Sgt. Ames, a state soldier, working on a previous accident near the 10th mark. A Semi was stuck in the search wire, and the first responders helped a destroyer service get the Semi out. Another soldier led the traffic. Sgt. Ames says the drivers have not slowed down and that this has contributed to the first fatal accident.
"We had a tractor-trailer truck that hit an SUV pulling an RV trailer. He hit it and then drove into a passenger car, then drove west and then hit a commercial vehicle. "
Sgt. Ames says one of the cars has "gone up in flames" and a half-fire has also caught fire. One of the cars also crashed into two others.
One person died as a result of this accident and Sgt. Ames says two more were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Sgt. Ames says another serious accident happened shortly after the first accident in the western lanes.
"We had two soldiers working to secure traffic on Interstate 70 to slow people down. We had one sitting literally half a mile from this second death. "
Sgt. Ames explains that a semi-driver dropped a sandwich and wanted to pick it up. When the driver looked up, he saw that the traffic was stopped.
Sgt. Ames says the driver was trying to avoid an accident with another semi by getting into the fast lane.
"The fuel flag of his vehicle struck the trailer of the commercial vehicle, and at that point a small fire broke out."
Sgt. Ames says the first Semi went median and set the grass on fire. He says soldiers and others in the area have tried to extinguish the fire and help people involved in the accident.
Unfortunately, one person died in this accident. Another person was treated for life with back and neck injuries. These two people were in the sleeping areas of each semester and were not secure.
Sgt. Ames says crews are hoping that both wrecks will be cleaned up and traffic reopened at 6:00 pm.
Riley Fire Department, Honey Creek Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Terre Haute Police and the Vigo County Sheriff Department responded to the accidents.