I-65 southbound closed for hours after deadly multi-vehicle crash

According to Sgt. Kim Riley with Indiana State Police, one person is dead and another has been airlifted from the scene.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 9:58 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 7:21 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A multi-vehicle crash closed southbound Interstate 65 in Clinton County for hours Thursday afternoon and evening. It reopened more than nine hours after the crash happened.

According to Sgt. Kim Riley with Indiana State Police, one person is dead and another has been airlifted from the scene.

Southbound drivers were sent on a 10-mile detour starting at the Dayton/State Road 38 exit while investigators and clean-up crews worked at the scene.

The crash happened after 9 a.m. near the State Road 28 exit. According to Indiana State Police, an early investigation revealed traffic was stopped due to an earlier crash on I-65 when a white Volvo pulling a refrigerated box trailer, driven by Toddrick Fairley, failed to see that traffic had slowed. He rear-ended a maroon Subaru Legacy driven by Timothy Fagley, 54 of Michigan City, IN sending them into the right ditch.

The Volvo then continued on and rear-ended a black Kenworth driven by Karana Wallace, 38 of Greensburg, IN which was pulling a loaded tanker. The crash pushed the Kenworth into the rear of a white Ford Transit driven by Ira Brockman, 81 of Taylor Mill, KY. The Transit was pancaked between a second tanker being pulled by a red Volvo driven by Lucica Cimpean, 45 of Downers Grove, IL. Neither tanker had any spillage.

A sixth vehicle, a red Peterbuilt driven by Jesus Alamo, 36 of Franklin Park, IL pulling an empty flatbed trailer was alongside the crash, received very minor damage.

ISP reported Ira Brockman was pronounced deceased at the scene. The family was notified. Fagley was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries. His wife Kim refused treatment at the scene. Fairley was treated at IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette and was released. Wallace was also transported to IU Arnett for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Cimpean and Alamo refused treatment at the scene.

ISP said all people appeared to be wearing seatbelts. The crash is still under investigation and all findings will be turned over to Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office.

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