TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) – Indiana state police say two accidents involving four semi-trailers and five passenger cars resulted in at least two people closing West 70 motorway near Terre Haute.
According to WTHR sister station WTWO The crash occurred at the 11-mile mark in the west-facing lanes at 9:41 clock.
Public Information Officer Public Sgt. Matt Ames, five automobiles and two commercial vehicles, said they were involved.
Two commercial vehicles and five passenger cars are involved, with one death. An accident reconstruction team is on site. pic.twitter.com/EwxzLb5fnv
– Sgt. Matt Ames (@ISPPutnamville) March 16, 2019
The second crash occurred six miles east of the first crash, leaving the state police the entire diverted westbound traffic at the Brazil exit.
Please be patient as our soldiers and additional crews work to help those involved in the accidents. Many Thanks. https://t.co/WF6nrE5Zqy[19459003-SgtMattAmes(@ISPPutnamville) March 16, 2019
Ames says that more than two hours later, a semi-trailer had dropped a sandwich and could not see it bending over, that the traffic was piled up from the start crash and hit the tail of another semi-trailer. Ames says the driver died when his fuel lines were torn and his taxi went up in flames. One passenger of the other semi-trailer was hospitalized with neck and back injuries.
Ames says western lanes would probably remain closed on Saturday afternoon.
Two people were declared dead in the two accidents. Names of the victims were not published.