LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana State Police are investigating a semi-crash that caused a car to catch on fire and killed one person Sunday night in LaGrange County.
ISP said the crash happened just before 10 p.m. on I-80/90 Toll Road westbound. When State Troopers arrived, they found that a semi had crashed into a 2021 Nissan vehicle.
ISP’s preliminary investigation found that a single occupant Nissan was driving westbound at a very slow speed when a 2019 Volvo semi-tractor trailer crashed into the rear end of the Nissan. The impact caused the Nissan to travel across the center grass median and catch fire on the left shoulder of the eastbound lanes.
Motorists who witnessed the crash stopped to render assistance before law enforcement and fire rescue personnel arrived. However, they were unable because of the intensity of the flames.
The driver of the Nissan could not escape the burning vehicle and perished inside the car.
The semi-driver involved in the crash was identified as Jafar Akhmedov,44, of Warrington, Pennsylvania. The semi-driver cooperated with police and was taken to the LaGrange Hospital for chemical testing.
The LaGrange County Coroner has not yet released the identity of the driver of the Nissan.