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July 14, 2014

UPDATE: Semi driver dies in I-70 pileup

2 other drivers injured in congested detour traffic

TERRE HAUTE — The driver of a semi tractor-trailer died at the scene of a three-vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Putnam County on Monday. Police have not yet released the driver’s name.

Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to the crash near the 30-mile marker at 12:36 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that westbound traffic was slowing for a construction zone that began at about the 29-mile marker near the Clay County line.

Traffic was required to move into the right-hand driving lane. A westbound semi failed to slow and rear-ended another tractor-trailer, forcing that semi into the rear of the passenger car.

The male driver of the semi that failed to slow was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the semis was loaded at the time.

 ISP reports that the deceased driver is a male and believed to be from Indiana. Positive identification had not been made Monday afternoon. An autopsy was set for today.

The other two drivers involved were transported to Putnam County Hospital at Greencastle with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thomas Scorg, 59, of Parke, Colo., was driving a passenger car. It was rear-ended by a semi driven by Arron Smith, 50, of Dillsboro, Ind.

Both westbound lanes of I-70 were closed because of the crash, with traffic diverted onto U.S. 231 north to U.S. 40.

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About four hours later, as heavy traffic was being diverted because of an I-70 fatality, a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 231 resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to two drivers, according to Indiana State Police.

The ISP reported that Carrieanne Phegley, 41, of Paris, attempted to turn onto 231 from County Road 700 about 4:48 p.m. When she did, she pulled into the path of a southbound semi tractor-trailer driven by Richard Yates, 28, of Park Hills, Mo.

The tractor-trailer struck Phegley’s vehicle, a Dodge Charger, pushing the Charger into the path of a semi tractor-trailer driven by Wayne Mossman, 54, of Jackson, Mo.

Phegley was taken to Putnam County Hospital with what police called non-life-threatening injuries. Yates complained of head pain but refused treatment. Mossman reported no injuries, according to the ISP.

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