Two dead in I-70 crash near Terre Haute – Indiana News

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) – Indiana State Police say two crashes involving four semitrailers and five passenger vehicles have left at least two people dead and westbound Interstate 70 closed near Terre Haute.

According WTHR sister station WTWO, the crash happened at the 11 mile marker in the westbound lanes at 9:41 a.m.

According to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Matt Ames, five passenger vehicles and two commercial vehicles were involved.

The second crash occurred six miles east of the initial crash, prompting State Police to divert all westbound traffic at the Brazil Exit.

Ames says that more than two hours later, a semitrailer driver dropped a sandwich and, while bending to pick it up, didn’t see traffic backed up from the first crash and struck the rear of another semitrailer. Ames says that driver died when his fuel lines ruptured, engulfing his cab in flames. A passenger in the other semitrailer was hospitalized with neck and back injuries.

Ames says westbound lanes were likely to stay closed through Saturday afternoon.

Two people have been confirmed dead in the two accidents. Names of the victims have not been released.