The Indiana State Police dealt with a fatal crash between a sedan and a semi tractor-trailer which occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 2, 2020, near Putnamville, east of Terre Haute on Interstate 70, that claimed the life of an Indianapolis man.
Preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Adam Edwards indicates that at approximately 6:05 a.m., a 2019 BMW, driven by John D. Slack, age 72, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 22-mile marker. A 2018 Freightliner driven by Nitishpal S. Bhandari, age 21, of Ontario, Canada, was traveling eastbound and was in the passing lane, alongside another semi tractor-trailer, when he observed the BMW approaching. Bhandari attempted to avoid the collision with the BMW but was unable to do so.
Slack was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office.
Bhandari and his co-driver were not injured in the accident.
The Indiana State Police will conduct a full accident reconstruction of the collision.
However, while ISP crash investigators were working at the initial scene a second collision occurred around 9:15 a.m. when a vehicle struck a state trooper’s patrol car while the officer was in it.
Trooper Troy Cobb was helping direct traffic at that time, when the State Police say Holly J. Hedden, 21, of Terre Haute struck his car from behind.
Trooper Cobb sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment and later released.
- Indiana State Police
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