Morgan County—Last evening at 8:16, Indiana State Police and multiple agencies responded to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 55 mile marker for a passenger van versus tractor-trailer crash.
Preliminary investigation revealed a white passenger van with five occupants was eastbound on Interstate 70 and failed to slow or maneuver around a slow moving or nearly stopped white Freightliner tractor-tractor pulling a box trailer. The male driver of the 2009 Chrysler van veered to the right attempting to avoid the semi and impacted the right rear of the box trailer. The van driver, 43-year-old Shane Oakley of Greenup, IL, was identified and pronounced deceased at the scene by Morgan County Deputy Coroner Scott Kelley. Family notified.
Four passengers in the van, 42-year-old Tonya W. Oakley (wife), 21-year-old Shaina Oakley (daughter), 16-year-old Jazzmin Oakley (daughter) and 19-year-old Hayden Kanizer (male and address unknown) were taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The three Oakley women for minor injuries and Kanizer was airlifted and is believed to be in critical condition from head and neck injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was Sukhkaran S. Sidhu, age 28, of Ontario, Canada. He was operating a 2019 Freightliner tractor pulling a box trailer loaded with auto parts for Allstate Freight Systems of Ontario, Canada. Sidhu or his male co-driver were not injured.
Eastbound traffic was reportedly slowing or stopping for a disabled tractor-trailer near the 57mm.
The investigation is ongoing and nothing else will be released at this time. Routine toxicology results are pending.
The crash is being investigated by ISP Trooper David Cox Jr. with assistance from ISP Crash Reconstructionists, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Coroner’s Office, Morgan County EMS, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Monrovia Police Department, A & A Township Fire/Rescue, Monroe Township Fire/Rescue, IU Health Air Medical, Morgan County Sheriff’s Chaplain and Curtis Wrecker Service.
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