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Deputy chief with IMPD critically injured in I-70 crash involving semi in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – IMPD Deputy Chief James Waters has been seriously injured in crash involving a semi in Plainfield.

The Plainfield Fire Department says the incident happened on I-70 near the State Road 267 intersection shortly after 1 p.m.

Waters, who is head of investigations, was transported to IU Methodist. IMPD says Deputy Chief Waters is currently listed in “stable but critical condition” at this time.

Fire officials say Waters was traveling eastbound on the interstate when a semi hit his vehicle from behind. They say there may have been debris in the right lane of EB I-70 that his vehicle slowed for or came to a stop.

Waters was off-duty at the time and was driving an unmarked Ford Fusion police vehicle.

The driver of the 2000 Peterbilt was 64-year-old David Carter of Oklahoma, he was reportedly not injured.

An off duty IMPD officer saw the aftermath of the crash and stopped to render aid.

Chief Bryan Roach stated, “Our department asks for the city’s prayers for off-duty Deputy Chief of Investigation James (Jim) Waters who, after being involved in a serious auto accident, continues to receive treatment at a local hospital.”

Officials from other local agencies offered their thoughts for Waters’ friends, family and fellow officers.

Editor’s note: A previous push alert indicated that Waters is a former Deputy Chief when he is actually IMPD’s current Deputy Chief. 

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.