DATE: Monday, December 11, 2017
SUBJECT: Pedestrian Injured during Five Vehicle Crash on Lloyd
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-081
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Monday, December 11, 2017 at approximately 5:37 PM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles on the West Lloyd Expressway (SR62) west of McDowell Road.
Upon arrival deputies found five (5) wrecked vehicles across the westbound lanes. On scene investigation and witness statements revealed that a white 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse had stopped on the shoulder of SR62 due to a flat tire. The drivers of two other vehicles, a 2009 black Dodge Avenger and a bronze 2009 Subaru, stopped to assist the disabled motorist with changing the tire.
A black 2013 Chevrolet Malibu entered the shoulder while traveling westbound, striking the unoccupied Subaru. The impact of the crash forced the Subaru forward into the rear of the unoccupied Avenger, which was forced into the unoccupied Mitsubishi that had the flat tire. The collision also caused the Avenger to strike a motorist who was outside his vehicle assisting with the flat tire. The Malibu then reentered the roadway and struck a westbound gray 2018 Dodge pickup.
The motorist who was stuck outside his vehicle was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of a possible broken ankle. The driver and a child passenger from the Malibu were transported by ambulance to the hospital for a precautionary evaluation.
All of the vehicles, with the exception of the Dodge pickup truck, had to be towed due to disabling damage. The roadway was blocked for nearly two hours.
Pursuant to state law regarding crashes involving serious bodily injury, the driver of the Malibu consented to a post-crash blood draw. The crash will remain under investigation pending toxicology results, although neither alcohol nor drugs are currently suspected of being a factor in the crash.