UPDATE 11/1/14: Deceased: Rachel A. Hatcher, age 29, of Terre Haute, IN.
She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Family has been notified.
Injured: (Son) Brenton Touloukian, age 13, Terre Haute, Ind.
Front seat passenger in mother’s vehicle
Transported to Riley Children’s Hospital for treatment of arm, leg and internal injuries.
Injured: (Daughter) Alejandra Mendoza, age 19-months, of Terre Haute, Ind.
Initially taken to Terre Haute Union Hospital for treatment of internal injuries, and then transferred to Riley Children’s Hospital for treatment of lower leg and internal injuries.
A young mother is dead and two children injured, after a wreck on Interstate 70. Emergency crews were called to the scene of a fatal accident just before 6 p.m. last night, officials report.
A 29-year-old female from Indiana was pronounced deceased at the scene, Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts explained. She was the driver of a 2007 Ford Expedition heading westbound on I-70 in the passing lane, when her vehicle failed to stop and crashed into a tractor-trailer in the rear. The tractor-trailer was then forced into the rear of another tractor-trailer.
According to information provided by the Indiana State Police, ISP and Vigo County emergency agencies responded to the three-vehicle crash in the passing lane of I-70 near the 14-mile marker. Westbound I-70 was closed for nearly two hours.
“She is also believed to be the mother of one or both of the two children in the vehicle. A 13-year-old male passenger in the front seat was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis with extensive leg injuries and internal injuries. A rear seat female infant passenger, believed to be around one year of age and in a car seat, was taken to a Terre Haute hospital for internal injuries. Both children were extricated by members of the Riley Fire/Rescue Department and transported to hospitals by Trans Care EMS,” Watts said.
Reportedly, the initial tractor-trailer struck was driven by Michael W. Williams, 57, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Williams was transported to a Terre Haute hospital for treatment suffered in the collision. He was driving a 2002 International tractor pulling a box trailer for Jerry Lipps Trucking Inc. A second tractor-trailer, a 2005 Kenworth tractor pulling a box trailer, was driven by Jose Resendiz-Rodriguez, 32, of Texas. He was not injured. The trucking company was G&X Trucking Company of Dallas, Texas.
Drug and alcohol tests are pending, but there was no indication of its use at the scene. No citations were issued. Investigating officer Trooper Michael Featherling stated that the use of a car seat helped save the infant’s life. Assisting Featherling were ISP Sergeant Cory Robinson and troopers Yan Dravigne and Chuck Murphy; Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, Vigo County Coroner’s Office, Riley Fire/Rescue and Trans Care EMS.