Multi car pileup on icy Interstate-65
A multi-car crash on Interstate 65 near Remington/Walcott exit closed the highway for about six hours on Tuesday. The icy roads further caused injuries to a State Trooper on Indiana Toll Road.
The cause of the pile up
A little before 9 am a flatbed trailer hauling housing siding lost control and drove in to the rear of another semi that had slowed due to traffic on the icy road. The driver of the flatbed trailer was 47 year old Juan Castaneda of Chicago. This was the initial crash that led to a series of crashes causing a pile up on I-65, said Jim Strong, Master Trooper with the Indiana State Police in Lowell.
Five cars were involved in the crash. The only vehicle that was severely damaged was a van that was crushed between two semis. The drivers of the van, Bob Bhoompag, 49 of Wheeling, Illinois and Mohammed Faisal, 28 of India were taken to the Jasper County Hospital after they sustained minor injuries. All other vehicles that received minor damages were able to drive away from the accident site. Rensselaer Indiana accident attorneys say they have often experienced an increase in the number of lawsuits and people claiming damages during icy weather conditions.
Traffic diverted until the highway could be cleared
Traffic was diverted to Highway 231 from Interstate 65 at the Remington exit while the highway was shut down to clear the crash. This caused vehicles to be backed up on Highway 231. The vehicle that caused the initial crash was carrying a load of cement siding boards that fell on I-65. The cold weather made the boards brittle and hard to pick up by the cleaning crew, causing delays to re-open the interstate.
Indiana State Police opened up the left lane to southbound I-65 traffic at the Jasper/White County line at around 3 pm. It has been alleged by the ISP that the driver of the flatbed trailer, Castaneda, was traveling faster than allowed in these weather conditions. You have to apply some common sense in situations like this.
State police injured in accident on Indianan Toll Road
Another minor accident on the ice covered Toll Road in Indianan caused an ISP trooper to be taken to St. Joseph County hospital to be treated for minor injuries on Thursday, morning.
Trooper Andrew Kocsis, 32, was on duty working on a single vehicle accident at the 76 mile marker on Toll Road. Just as he was about to get into his Cruiser, another car came from behind and rear ended him causing him to crash into the vehicle in front him that had the accident.
The driver of the third vehicle was Shane McAdams of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, who lost control of his vehicle on the ice covered roads just west of the South Bend East exit.
Georgia passenger sues Megabus for Indiana crash
A Georgia passenger on a Megabus vehicle that rolled over in an accident on Interstate 65 near Seymour, Indiana, is suing the company for negligence. Dyrell Lee, of Hampton, Ga. claims that he was among the passengers who were injured in the accident on December 20th last year.
The bus was traveling from Chicago to Atlanta when it turned turtle after the driver lost control. Several collisions happened in the same area at the time due to light snow. According to Megabus their accident attorneys had not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore refrained from commenting on the litigation.