Victim of fiery interstate crash identified

Two semis collided on I-469 on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, the impact sparking a massive fire (Photo courtesy Sandra Oddy-Fadel/Facebook).

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fiery crash along Interstate 469, which injured another person and closed a portion of the highway for several hours Friday.

The coroner’s office reported Ion Filipenco, 22, of Chicago was the driver of a semi- tractor trailer that hit a minivan and another semi-tractor trailer.  The coroner said Filipenco died as a result of blunt force trauma and ruled his death as an accident. The coroner said it wasn’t clear if he was wearing a seat belt at that time.

Officers responded Friday around 8:30 a.m. to I-469 at mile marker 26, between the Maplecrest and Maysville roads interchange.

Crews work to clean up after a crash on I-469 Friday, Dec. 11.
Crews work to clean up after a crash on I-469 Friday, Dec. 11.

Authorities said one of the semis slowed on the interstate as a result of an earlier crash involving a cattle hauler about three times away. The impact caused a fire in the semi’s cab, police said, and killed its driver.

The minivan went off the road and down an embankment. The driver was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Filipenco is the 30th traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2015. The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

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