One dead in trio of crashes along eastbound I-74 in Shelby County

Photo from the scene of one of the crashes, courtesy of Shawn Murphy.

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says one person died Monday in a two-vehicle crash on I-74.

The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. on eastbound I-74 in Shelby County. A Volkswagen van driven by 66-year-old Marvin Harris had left the road and rear-ended a semi tractor trailer that was broken down on the highway’s shoulder.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. While crews were investigating that crash, a second crash occurred not far to the west involving three vehicles.

In the second crash, an Indianapolis woman driving a black Chevrolet told police she didn’t see traffic back up from the prior crash and ended up rear-ending a Zionsville woman who had stopped in a silver Honda. After hitting the Honda, the driver of the Chevy hit a Wisconsin man’s black Volkswagen.

All three patients were treated at the scene, and the driver of the Chevy was taken to a hospital.

While working the second crash, crews were advised of a third crash just west of that location.

In that crash, a Kia van driven by a New Palestine woman rear-ended a semi tractor trailer driven by an Illinois man who stopped in the traffic backup. He was treated at the scene and flown to the hospital. The New Palestine woman was not injured.

Editor’s note: INDOT officials initially reported to FOX59 that two crashes were fatal. This story has been updated with information from the sheriff’s office saying only one crash resulted in a fatality.