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[ISP] Two Semi Property Damage Crash Shuts Down One Lane
Start Date: 3/13/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/13/2014
Entry Description
Tippecanoe County-Indiana State Police at Lafayette were summoned this morning at about 4:00 a.m. on I-65 Southbound near the 181 mile marker (that is three miles north of the State Road 43 exit) for a two semi property damage crash that shut down the right lane for about three hours.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Stephen Grayson has revealed that a red 1998 Freightliner owned by Non-Nobis Trucking of Palos Heights, IL and pulling a 2011 Great Dane trailer loaded with recyclable plastic was disabled on I-65 southbound near the 181 mm with emergency tri-angles deployed behind the trailer parked in the emergency lane. The driver, Roberto M. Rangel, 48 years old from Palos Heights, IL had just crawled into the sleeper waiting on a service vehicle to assist him.

A green 2001 Mack owned by Standard Forwarding of Des Moines, IA and driven by Scott K. Mitchell, 46 years old from Bolingbrook, IL was southbound in the right lane of I-65 approaching the parked semi rig. Mitchell failed to see the semi in the emergency lane and side swiped the trailer causing cargo from both trailers to be scattered across the right lane of interstate.

A green 1996 Peterbuilt driven by Jacob M. Madden, 28 years old from Laurel, IN did not see the cargo spread across the right lane and ran through the cargo causing slight damage to the bumper and undercarriage of the semi rig. Madden was able to drive his rig away from the scene. Both trailers were completely destroyed and the trucks had to be towed from the scene with extensive damage. Both Madden and Mitchell were wearing their seatbelts. There were no injuries to any of the drivers or occupants of the trucks. The investigation is continuing. The right lane was shut down for about three hours for investigation and cleanup. All lanes are now open and traffic is back to normal.

Assisting at the scene were Troopers Kent Wainscott and Darrick Scott, Tippecanoe County EMS, Jim’s Wrecker and Indiana Department of Transportation.
Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Kim Riley
Phone: 765-567-2125
Email: kriley@isp.in.gov
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