Rural Ashley Man Injured in Three Vehicle Crash on I-69
Tuesday Jun 26, 2018 6:45pm
Ashley, IN

By: Sheila McCrea

ASHLEY, IN - A three vehicle crash that happened Tuesday afternoon on northbound I-69 near the 341 mile marker sent one of the drivers to a Fort Wayne hospital.

According to the Indiana State Police at approximately 2:50 p.m., an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) mowing crew was on the right, northbound shoulder with a arrow truck following behind the crew with its lights on.

ISP reports say that a SUV driven by 18 year old Lucas G. Patrick of rural Ashley, Indiana was traveling northbound in the right lane and was slowing for the INDOT vehicle. Reports indicate that as Patrick slowed his vehicle he was rear-ended by a semi driven by 52 year old Bal S. Gurlaljeet of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

As a result of the rear-end collision between the semi tractor trailer and the SUV, the SUV was pushed into the arrow truck, which was driven by 51 year old Derek A. Carr of Fort Wayne. Investigative reports say that the SUV then went off the east side of the roadway where it rolled onto its top.

Authorities say that the semi tractor trailer also left the east side of the road and came to a rest with the trailer tires on top of the SUV's underside.

Carr and Gurlaljeet were not injured, but Patrick was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne for non life-threatening internal injuries.

This crash remains under investigation.

The Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Steuben County EMS, the Steuben County Sheriff's Department, the Ashley Police Department, and the Ashley Fire Department.

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