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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
BRAZIL -- Emergency crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash with injuries tonight in Brazil.
Witnesses say several people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash just before 7 p.m. on U.S. 40, near Dairy Queen. Brazil Police, Indiana State Police and Care Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene after two SUVs,a passenger car and a pick-up truck had a chain reaction crash at the intersection.
Michelle Matteson, 60, of Charleston, Ill., was westbound on Interstate 70 when her gray 2016 Nissan Versa was struck in the rear by a hit- and- run driver this afternoon in Vigo County,
The driver at fault fled the scene and was later apprehended just inside the state of Illinois, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts.
The 49-year-old hit-and-run suspect driver, an Ohio woman, was taken into custody in Illinois following the crash near the 8 mile marker this afternoon. She was transported to a Terre Haute hospital for examination.
"She [suspect] appeared to be experiencing health and emotional issues. Toxicology results are pending and information for potential charges will be filed through the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office at a later date, "Watts explained.
According to the report, ISP troopers responded to westbound I-70 near on reports of Matteson having minor injuries from the hit-and-run crash.
"Matteson was shaken and upset and could not provide a suspect vehicle description," Watts said, adding that she was treated at the scene for injuries suffered in the crash by paramedics from the Terre Haute Fire Department.
Nearly an hour after the investigation began, the Clark County Illinois Sheriff’s Office reportedly notified ISP Dispatch of a car fire on Old US 40 eastbound, just off I-70 exit 154 in Illinois. Officials believe the suspect's vehicle fire was accidental, as a result of the earlier crash.
Illinois officers took the alleged driver of the suspect vehicle --- a 2002 Dodge -- into custody and awaited arrival of ISP troopers. Marshall, Ill. Fire Department crews extinguished the fire,Watts said.
The crash was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Troy Cobb. Assisting were ISP Master Trooper Jason Owen, Sergeant Joe Watts, Terre Haute Fire/EMS, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Clark County Illinois Sheriff’s Office, and Marshall, Illinois Fire Department.
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