Driver killed after fiery crash shuts down I-69

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MADISON COUNTY (June 24, 2014) – One person died following a fiery crash late Monday night on I-69.

Around 11:20 p.m. Monday, Indiana State Police said a semi failed to slow down as traffic entered a construction zone on the interstate. The resulting crash caused a chain reaction that left one person dead and involved four vehicles.

State troopers said the first vehicle hit by the semi burst into flames after being pushed into a pickup truck ahead of it. The driver of the car that caught fire died. Police have not yet released the driver’s identity.

The pickup truck collided with a fourth vehicle—another pickup, according to state police. Investigators identified the driver of the semi truck as Kim McCall, 58, St. Ann, Mo. He was not hurt. The driver of the third vehicle, Brad Schlachter, 33, Findlay, Ohio, escaped injury, as did Frederick Mills, 51, Muncie, the driver of the fourth vehicle involved.

Traffic was routed off of I-69 near the 222 exit until around 5 a.m. while officers investigated. A state trooper was treated for smoke inhalation after the investigation.

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