Semi rear ends van, two children dead

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TERRE HAUTE — A three-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon claimed the lives of two young children and injured four others.

The accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. near the 16-mile marker in Vigo County, Indiana State Police at Putnamville reported.

A westbound tractor-trailer from Grewal Transport of Canada, driven by 62-year-old Amritpal Singh of Quebec, was westbound in the driving lane and reportedly failed to stop or avoid traffic that was slowing or stopped for the approach to a construction zone, State Police said.

The Grewal Transport semi then struck the rear of a Honda Odyssey van, driven by a 33-year-old Ohio mother of three, before impacting the rear of a tractor-trailer from URSA Logistics, driven by Russell D. Sims, 57, of Indianapolis.

Two children, a five-year-old male and a one-year-old female, succumbed to their injuries.

The mother was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with traumatic injuries. Her other child, a three-year-old male, was airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis with what is believed to be life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

With the family being from Ohio, relatives have been notified and were reportedly en route to Indianapolis Tuesday evening. Names will be released at a later time.

Westbound lanes were still closed at 8:30 p.m. with opening of at least one lane expected later in the evening. Traffic was being detoured over U.S. 40 and State Road 42.

The crash is being investigated by ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Master Trooper Matt Ames.

Assisting were ISP crash reconstructionists from the Bloomington Post, multiple troopers from the Putnamville Post, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Riley Fire/Rescue, Honey Creek Fire/Rescue, Jackson Township Fire/Rescue, Posey Township Fire/Rescue, Clay County Coroner’s Office, Air Evac and Lifeline helicopters, CARE EMS, Trans Care EMS, and Indiana Department of Transportation.

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  • So sad. My prayers for all.

    -- Posted by interestedperson#1 on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 7:49 AM
  • I've made this comment before and been blasted for it, but it needs saying: Big rig drivers have to slow down. They drive like it's their Civic or Corolla. They can't react, slow down, or stop like driving a car. What could possibly be his excuse for ramming the van and killing those kids? Texting? Sleeping? Or just going too fast? Inexcusable. I'm sure the semi driver is sorry now, but it's too late.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 8:46 AM
  • I agree completely with Ben. We drove 70 home on Saturday and were nearly run off the road by a semi trying to merge into our lane.... which I had already been in! Like I wasn't even the there!

    -- Posted by hometowngirl626 on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 10:02 AM
  • Prayers for the family. I will not drive on 70 from Indy to Terre Haute for any reason. To me it is more dangerous than any other interstate. My opinion!

    -- Posted by interested party on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 10:21 AM
  • What bothers me is the name of the driver of the semi that killed the children. Too many foreigners driving semi's in our country. My guess is he was on a cell phone. He should be arrested for what he has caused.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 2:31 PM
  • This man should be given the death penalty for killing two children and injuring the others. He had plenty of time to slow down and stop as the construction signs are up. I drove 70 on Saturday, and had no trouble stopping. The semi's are driving too fast, changing lanes too frequently and tail gaiting too much. It's my guess the companies they are driving for are putting a lot of pressure on them.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 4:48 PM
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