One in serious condition after Monday’s I-69 crash

Mitchell McMillan emailed this photo to NewsChannel 15 of the crash area.
Mitchell McMillan emailed this photo to NewsChannel 15 of the crash area.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – I-69 in DeKalb County was closed for more than five hours on Monday after a three vehicle crash shut down all north and south bound lanes.

Mitchell McMillan emailed NewsChannel 15 this picture of the crash site.
Mitchell McMillan emailed NewsChannel 15 this picture of the crash site.

According to Indiana State Police, 27-year-old Aaron Wilhelm of Waterloo was headed south around 4 p.m. when he left the road near Mile Marker 336 between Ashley and Waterloo and drove through the median. Wilhelm hit one semi that was headed north in the passing lane and then spun into another semi that was traveling in the right lane.

Wilhelm was pinned inside his pickup truck. The first semi, driven by Charles Correll, 53, of Wayland, Michigan, flipped onto its side with its trailer in the ditch. The second semi, driven by Richard Swartz, 69, of Garrett, remained upright in the driving lane.

Wilhelm suffered a hip injury and Correll suffered a head injury. Both men were airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center. As of Tuesday morning, Wilhelm was in serious condition and Correll was in fair condition.

Swartz was not hurt. Police said all three drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

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