WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A Massachusetts woman died and her passenger was seriously injured when a semi crashed into their stopped vehicle, pushing it underneath a semi trailer on I-70 Sunday.
Emergency crews were called to I-70 eastbound near Centerville Road around 3:45 p.m. All eastbound lanes were closed for five hours as crews cleaned up.
Indiana State Police said a semi was going too fast in stop-and-go traffic backed up five miles due to construction. The semi driver, 21-year-old Harvinder Singh Bhagtana of Fresco, California, swiped a car driven by 21-year-old Nicholas Berry of Naperville, Illinois, before crashing into an SUV stopped in the left lane.
The SUV, driven by 22-year-old Margaret Ryan of Boston, Massachusetts, was pushed under the trailer of a stopped semi. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, 25-year-old Christine Yip of St. Louis, Missouri, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, according to ISP.
The driver of the second semi, 51-year-old William Weatherford III of Palm Coast, Florida, was not injured. Bhagtana and Berry were also uninjured.
Bhagtana was cited for driving too fast to avoid the collision.