U.S. 30 crash involving tractor-trailer sends two to hospital

A 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer rear-ended a van, causing a chain-reaction crash Monday morning on U.S. 30, according to the Indiana State Police. (Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police)

The Indiana State Police is investigating a four-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning on eastbound U.S. 30 at the Whitley/Allen County Line and sent two drivers to a hospital.

According to a news release on the investigation conducted by Trooper Justin Snyder, the following occurred:

At about 9:45 a.m., a 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer and driven by William J. Riley, 42, of Morocco, Ind., was traveling eastbound on U.S. 30, just west of the county line.

The tractor-trailer combination struck the rear of a 2011 Ford van driven by Todd A. Rowe, 40, of Garrett. That impact caused a chain reaction crash that also involved a 2008 Nissan passenger car driven by Christopher L. Fish, 33, of Fort Wayne and a 2010 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer combination driven by Donald O. Spencer, 47, of Merrillville.

The van, car and second semi-tractor trailer were at the intersection’s traffic light, which had just turned green at the time of the crash. Both the van and passenger car were totaled.

A 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer rear-ended a van, causing a chain-reaction crash Monday morning on U.S. 30, according to the Indiana State Police. (Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police)

All four drivers were wearing their seatbelts, which significantly reduced the severity of the injuries sustained by Rowe and Fish, both of whom were taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with non-life- threatening injuries, according to the release.

The crash remains under investigation pending the results of a toxicology test. Snyder was assisted at the scene by the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division; Allen and Whitley County sheriff departments; Columbia City Police and Fire departments; Union, Smith and Jefferson Township fire departments, as well as Arcola Fire Department;

Three Rivers Ambulance Authority; Parkview EMS; Indiana Department of Transportation; and Parker Towing.

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