UPDATE (2:30 a.m.):One Dead in 14 Vehicle Crash
Indiana State Police
An Indianapolis man was killed last evening when the semi he was driving ran into the back of stopped traffic on I-70 west bound at the 127 mile marker. The traffic had been stopped for a construction zone at the 123 mile marker.
Joseph D Buie, age 43 of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Henry County Coroner. Around 8:20 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a multi vehicle crash with one semi fully engulfed in flames. When they arrived they found the crash involved nine semis and five passenger vehicles.
A truck hauling coal burst into flames as it ran into the rear of the multiple vehicle crash. The occupants of that truck were transported with serious injuries by medical helicopter. All told five medical helicopters were summoned to the scene, with four landing and transporting patients to Indianapolis area hospitals, some with serious injuries.
I-70 west bound was closed from around 8:30 p.m., with traffic being diverted off onto State Road 1 at the 137 mile marker, Cambridge City Exit. The west bound lanes were still closed at 2:30 a.m. as crews worked to remove the snarled wreckage.
Eight area fire departments responded to assist, as well as numerous EMS services, the Henry County Sheriff's Department, New Castle Police, INDOT and Delaware County EMA.
It will be days before investigators piece together exactly what happened, and before the names of all those involved can be compiled and released.
Indiana State Police
HENRY COUNTY -- The crash on I-70 west bound at the 127 mile marker in Henry County involved eight commercial motor vehicles and five passenger cars. There has now been one confirmed fatality.
I-70 west bound remains closed at SR1, the 137 mile marker, due to the multiple vehicle crash in the area of the 127 mile marker. At this time (9:30 p.m. last night) there have been 6 patients flown to various hospitals in the Indianapolis area by medical helicopter.
I-70 west bound will remain closed with traffic being diverted off at the 137 mile marker onto SR1, south to US 40, then west to SR 3, then north back to I-70.
It will take hours for crews to clean up the scene and for investigators to sort out the events of the crash.
Officials suggested at midnight that motorists using I-70 west bound from the Ohio-Indiana border should seek alternate routes.
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