UPDATE | Avon truck driver killed after 3-vehicle crash in Putnam County

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (July 15, 2014)– An Avon truck driver died in a wreck involving several cars on I-70 in Putnam County Monday.

The Putnam County coroner identified the victim as Robert P. Deakin, 46.

Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a three-vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of I-70 near mile marker 30. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Two semi trucks and a passenger car were involved. Deakin, who was driving a Freightliner, was pronounced dead at the scene. His semi was owned by Phoenix Metals of Middletown, Ohio.

Westbound traffic was slowing down for a construction zone that began near the 29 mile marker, forcing traffic to move into the right lane. Police said Deakin failed to stop for the slowing traffic and rear-ended another truck. The second truck then rear-ended a Chevrolet Cavalier.

Both tractor-trailers were unloaded at time of the crash.

The driver of the yellow Cavalier was identified as Thomas Scorg, 59, Parker, Colo. The driver of the other truck was Arron Smith, 50, Dillsboro, Ind.

Both Scorg and Smith were taken to Putnam County Hospital for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.


  • natasha

    The accident occurred about 11:40-11:45am, many of the professional drivers at the scene assisted with putting out flames with their extinguishers from their trucks and many of the witnesses checked on and kept company to the victims until emergency personnel arrived

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