Crews battle fire after crash on Interstate 70

(Crews battle a fire after a crash on Interstate 70 on October 22, 2016.)
(Crews battle a fire after a crash on Interstate 70 on October 22, 2016.)

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Police are investigating a crash on Interstate 70.

A large fire happened after the crash in the westbound lanes at the 19 mile maker in Clay County. That’s west of the Brazil exit and near the Clay/Vigo County line.

Indiana State Police say three semitrailers were involved. Two caught fire.

Police believe one semi, driven by 48-year-old Abid Sibalo of St. Louis, failed to stop for traffic congestion caused by construction and jackknifed. He was driving for LTL Systems Inc. of Bridgeton, Missouri, and hauling dry goods.

Sibalo’s semi then hit a semi driven by 32-year-old Deepak Aery of Ontario, Canada.

Aery’s semi then hit the back of a third semi drive by 65-year-old Jerry Johnson of Milan, Indiana.

After the initial collisions, Sibalo and Aery’s semis erupted in fire and destroy both units.

The smoke from the crash could be seen from downtown Terre Haute.

Sibalo was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Police told News 18’s sister station, WTHI, Sibalo was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other drivers did not report  injuries.

The westbound passing lane opened at 5:35 p.m. Driving lane cleanup is expected to take several more hours.