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Updated: Monday, 17 Sep 2012, 5:53 AM EDT
Published : Sunday, 16 Sep 2012, 9:15 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Shortly before 7 o'clock Sunday evening, Indiana State Police and Vigo County emergency services responded to a multi-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 12 mile marker.
The crash resulted in the death of one driver and critical injuries to others.
According to a State Police investigation a tractor-trailer from Greenville, TN was disabled on the eastbound shoulder and was awaiting a wrecker.
As the wrecker arrived, another tractor-trailer from Anaheim, CA, became disabled in the eastbound driving lane just a few feet east of the first truck.
Eastbound traffic was slowing and merging into the passing lane for the wrecker and disabled vehicles, when an eastbound Volvo tractor pulling a box trailer loaded with frozen foods struck the rear of a Chevrolet S10 pickup.
The S10 pickup was then forced into the rear of another pickup with both vehicles then striking the tractor-trailer on the shoulder.
The driver of the S10 pickup, Charles Loyd and a passenger, his wife, Connie Loyd of Anderson were airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The female driver of the other pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The male passenger was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of head, facial, and internal injuries.
The deceased female was not wearing a seatbelt and its unknown if her passenger was belted.
Investigators say drug and alcohol testing is underway. Its unknown if either played a role in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.