TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) - Indiana State Police (ISP) Sgt. Kim Riley confirmed to News 18 that two people have died following a crash on Interstate 65 in northern Tippecanoe County.
The crash involved three semi trucks. One truck had broken down on the side of the interstate, according to Sgt. Riley. Another had parked in front of the first semi to help the driver.
ISP says one of the men was wearing a reflective vest.
The two men have been identified as 44-year-old Marek Dziudek of Downers Grove, Ill., and 31-year-old Tadeusz Wojtaszek from Romeoville, Ill.
Sgt. Riley said a third semi heading south on I-65, driven by 42-year-old Plata Albertico of Berwyn, Ill., got too close and struck the two men working on the disabled semi. Two of the trucks then caught fire.
One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The other later died at an area hospital. The driver of the third semi refused medical treatment and was not injured.
The names of the two men killed in the wreck are not being released at this point.
The crash happened around 7:20 a.m. near the Delphi/Lafayette exit. Both southbound lanes of I-65 around mile 178 were closed as a result of the crash but as of 2 p.m. both lanes were opened back up to traffic.
Indiana State Police said southbound traffic was being diverted off the interstate at mile 188 (the State Road 18 exit). Drivers are being advised to go west off S.R. 18 to U.S. 231, then take 231 south to U.S. 52. Take U.S. 52 to S.R. 25, turn left and you will be able to get back on I-65.
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