An afternoon crash on I-65 in Johnson County caused major headaches for evening commuters. At approximately 4:15 p.m. a semi pulling an empty box trailer struck another semi, starting a chain reaction crash involving seven vehicles. As a result of this crash, I-65 NB at the 92 mile marker was closed for approximately three hours.
Preliminary investigation indicates 43 year old Jose Montalvo of Hialeah Florida, driving a Red 2000 Freightliner, came upon stopped traffic in the right lane. Montalvo rear ended another tractor trailer, setting off a chain reaction crash that collected six semi tractor-trailers and one van. One driver of another semi was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Jose Montalvo, who caused the crash, fled from the scene on foot before police arrived. He was located a short time later by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. Montalvo was arrested and lodged in the Johnson County Jail on preliminary charges of driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of crash and driving without insurance. He was also cited for following too closely and several Federal Motor Carrier Violations. A full inspection of the semi by Master Trooper Kelly Lazzell uncovered several violations.
Grahm’s Wrecker Service responded to the scene to assist with clean-up and to tow three of the semis. The Needham Volunteer Fire Department was also called to handle a small HAZMAT spill from the engine, transmission fluids and leaking fuel from the semis.
The Indiana Truck Crash Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in automobile accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.