Semis, vehicles collide on US 30

A multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 near the Whitley-Allen County line was reported Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Several vehicles crashed along U.S. 30 at the Allen-Whitley County line early Monday in a violent collision that somehow left drivers with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police and medics were called around 9:45 a.m. Monday to U.S. 30 and C.R. 800 East, near the Steel Dynamics, Inc. plant, on a report of a crash there. Dispatchers told NewsChannel 15 that two semis collided with a pair of passenger vehicles in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30.

According to Indiana State Police investigators, a 2007 Freightliner semi tractor that was pulling a flatbed trailer operated by 42-year-old William J. Riley of Morocco, Indiana, was headed eastbound on U.S. 30 in the driving lane when his rig rear-ended a 2011 Ford van driven by 40-year-old Todd A. Rowe of Garrett.

The impact caused a chain-reaction crash that involved a 2008 Nissan passenger car driven by 33-year-old Christopher L. Fish of Fort Wayne and a 2010 Freightliner semi tractor trailer driven by 47-year-old Donald O. Spencer of Merrillville.

The van, car and second semi were at the traffic light at the intersection, which had just turned green, at the time of the crash, police said.

Both the van and passenger car were totaled.

Rowe and Fish were pulled from their vehicles and taken to a Fort Wayne hospital. Police said they both had non-life threatening injuries. They were wearing seat belts, according to police.

The drivers of the two semis were not hurt.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and toxicology testing is pending.

The highway’s eastbound lanes were shut down as a result of the crash. Indiana State Police reported around noon that the investigation was complete and the roadway had been reopened.