Police report: 40 vehicles involved in whiteout crashes

Photo of the crash scene at Mile Marker 248 in Delaware County provided by Indiana State Police.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Indiana State Police have released further information regarding a pileup on I-69 in Delaware County that took place Saturday.

The investigation determined that there were six semis, one school bus and 33 passenger cars involved in seven separate crashes in the initial incident on the south bound side of I-69 near the 348 mile marker. Indiana State Police did not investigate any of the crashes on the north bound side.

Crashes in the area had northbound I-69 closed until 3:30 p.m., and both lanes of southbound I-69 closed until 8:30 p.m. All seven crashes occurred within a quarter mile stretch of I-69. There were sixteen people transported, treated and released for non life threatening injuries at IU Health’s Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

The investigation revealed that the collisions started in the near white out conditions when a south bound East Allen County School Bus, driven by Sabrina Klotz of Harlan, Indiana, ran into the rear of a south bound van that had slowed or stopped in the driving lane for an unknown reason. The van’s driver, Oratia Peralta of Indianapolis, was uninjured. 13 were treated and released from the bus for complaints of pain.

Troopers were assisted Saturday by Troopers from the Peru District, an Indiana Conservation Officer, Delaware County EMA and EMS, the Muncie Fire Department and Grant County EMS.

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