1 dies in 6-vehicle crash; heavy smoke may be to blame

WOLCOTT, Ind. (WLFI) — Heavy smoke may be to blame for a fatal crash in White County on Friday.

It happened at the intersection of U.S. 24 and County Road 700 West, just east of Wolcott.

Investigators said five cars and a semitractor were involved.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said somebody was burning field debris along U.S. 24. Witnesses said heavy smoke was blowing across the road and making it difficult to see.

Two people were taken to a hospital in Lafayette, and one driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

U.S. 24 was closed off, and a reconstruction team was called to the scene. It reopened around 7:30 p.m.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing names at this time as the investigation is ongoing.