At approximately 11:30 am on Tuesday (5/23/17), the Indiana State Police responded to a three vehicle crash involving a semi-tractor and an INDOT mowing crew. Three people were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that an Indiana Department of Transportation tractor pulling a bush hog, being driven by Justin White, age 22, Dillsboro, Indiana, was traveling westbound in the right lane of US 50 near Marsh Road in Dearborn County. The tractor was being followed by a 2015 Ford INDOT pickup truck being driven by Kyle McIntosh, age 34, Versailles, Indiana. McIntosh’s vehicle was being operated with amber colored lights flashing to the rear. A westbound 2009 Freightliner semi-tractor (no trailer), being driven by Tony Littleton, age 47, Milan, Indiana approached the other two vehicles from the rear. For an unknown reason, Littleton’s vehicle did not slow or change lanes for the slower INDOT vehicles.
Littleton’s vehicle struck the rear of McIntosh’s vehicle which then pushed it into the tractor White was operating. All three vehicles slid off the north side of the roadway causing McIntosh’s pickup truck to overturn. Both McIntosh and Littleton were flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital with serious injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. White was transported by ambulance to Dearborn County Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
The semi-tractor was being operated by Sheets Enterprises, Versailles, Indiana.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Toxicology results are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes of US 50 were closed for approximately one hour during the initial crash investigation. Lane restrictions remained in place for nearly five hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Aurora Police Department, Aurora Fire Department, Aurora EMS, Dillsboro Police Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Indiana Department of Emergency Management.