JASPER COUNTY — One person has died and several more were injured in an accident involving 13 vehicles on the Interstate on Saturday before 7 a.m.
Indiana State Police, along with several other emergency agencies, responded to find 13 vehicles in a crash on Interstate 65 that sent six people to the hospital.
Police received a call at approximately 7 a.m. regarding the accident that happened in the north bound lanes approaching the 227.7 mile marker that is about three miles south of the DeMotte exit.
According to the preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police, a 2009 Volvo semi with a box trailer, drive by David W. Rickle, 62, of Janesville, Wis., was traveling in the right lane when traffic slowed
or stopped because of poor visibility.
Indiana State Police said, "The Volvo semi rear-ended a 2008 International semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Thomas N. Townsend, 52, of Kenosha, Wis. This caused the chain reaction."
JASPER COUNTY — Poor visibility on Interstate 65, due to smoke coming
from a fire, caused a chain reaction of accidents that involved a DeMotte woman on Saturday.
Indiana State Police, along with several emergency agencies, responded to the a multiple vehicle crash that caused three people to
be sent to the hospital after 7:18 a.m.
Police received a report of the accident at approximately 7:18 a.m.
Where the smoke came from
JASPER COUNTY — Heavy smoke crossing the Interstate caused two
separate accidents involving a total of 19 vehicles on Saturday.
The smoke came from a hay fire that local fire departments responded
to initially on Friday after 2:30 a.m. in the area of 700 N. 1100 W., north of Fair Oaks. Firefighters worked for more than six hours dousing the fire.
According to reports, the fire rekindled causing heavy smoke to traveling across the interstate.
Firefighters from the Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department, Keener
Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department responded to the rekindle and spent several hours soaking
the hay and dousing the fire.