TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI/ISP) — An unknown vehicle kept driving after setting off a series of crashes on I-65 Tuesday morning close to the 161 mile marker, just north of the State Road 28 Exit. According to a preliminary police investigation, around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning a vehicle changed lanes and clipped the front of a Nissan Altima driven by Michael D. Bettner, 51 of Noblesville. The strike to Bettner's right front fender caused the vehicle to spin uncontrollably and strike a Freightliner pulling double trailers driven by Brian Boneck, 55 of Greenfield, WI.
A fourth vehicle, a Kia Maxi Van driven by Dmario Jenkins, 32 of Kankakee, IL was behind the vehicles drove into the median striking the cable barriers trying to avoid the crash.
A Greyhound bus driven by John J. Hall pulled over to assist the injured. Hall retrieved his fire extinguisher from his bus when he saw that the black Nissan was on fire and then used the extinguisher to bust the window out of the passenger side door and pull the driver out.
Jenkins and his passenger in the Kia Maxi were transported to Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries. Bettner was transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries. Boneck was not injured.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and have no description of the vehicle that caused the crash at this time.
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