59-year-old man dies in crash on State Road 37 in Johnson County

Police lights
(WISH Photo, file)

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — A 59-year-old man died in a crash Friday afternoon on State Road 37 in White River Township, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said.

James J. Moran of Martinsville died in the four-vehicle crash about 2:40 p.m. on the state highway at Fairview Road, about a mile south of the Johnson-Marion county line, said Maj. Duane Burgess with the sheriff’s department.

Moran was driving a red 2006 GMC Sonoma and slowing for a traffic light at the intersection when a white 2006 Kenworth semitractor-trailer struck the rear of the pickup truck. The semi was driven by Michael W. Burke, 59, of Indianapolis. Moran’s truck was forced off the road, rolled over once, struck an light pole and came to rest in a ditch, Burgess said. The tailgate flew off the truck and struck a red 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck stopped at the light and driven by Christopher J. Clements, 48, of Camby. Clements had been waiting to turn left from Fairview Road onto southbound State Road 37.

After hitting the Sonoma, the semi also struck a green 2014 Subaru sport-utility vehicle driven by Jacqueline L. Gordon, 72, of Albion.

The semi driver voluntarily submitted to a blood test; the results are pending. The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate the accident.