• Driver bales after causing wreck on I-65

    May 24, 2012 No comments

    Police are searching for a driver who police said pulled out in front of a tractor-trailer, causing a crash that closed Interstate 65 for several hours overnight.

    The crash happened along southbound I-65 near Seymour just after midnight.

    Police said an SUV that was stopped in the emergency strip pulled out onto the highway in front of a tractor-trailer. 

    The semi driver said he tried to avoid hitting the SUV by steering hard to the left, but the truck hit the SUV and forced it into the guardrail. 

    The truck then struck the guardrail as the trailer, which was loaded with Ford diesel engines, overturned. The truck’s fuel tank also ruptured in the crash, creating a large diesel spill. 

    The semi driver — Markus E. Riker, 40, of Kentucky — was taken to Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour with multiple fractures. He was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. 

    The passengers of the SUV — Mildred Okumu, 29; Nicole Okumu, 9; and Jillian Okumu, 5, all of Michigan — were taken to Schneck Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. 

    Mildred Okumu told police that the driver of the SUV, a man she knew only by the name of David, had fled the scene after the crash. 

    The woman said she had hired the man to drive her and her children to Georgia.

    I-65 was closed until 5 p.m. as crews cleared away the wreckage and cleaned up the diesel spill.

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