3 Sent To Hospital After I-70 Collision

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Three people were sent to the hospital Thursday evening after a pickup versus tractor-trailer collision on I-70.

Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to the crash in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the 46 mile-marker near 9:04 P.M. on Thursday evening.

Investigation revealed traffic was slowing in the area when a red Chevrolet pickup, driven by 45 year old George Best of Poland, IN., suddenly changed from the driving lane into the passing lane.
In doing so, the red pickup collided with the tractor-trailer already in the passing lane, causing both vehicles to rollover into the median.

Traffic was slowing or stopped for back-up traffic from two earlier crashes at the 37 mile-marker and the 41 mile-marker.

The tractor-trailer was driven by 49 year old Robert Lukacs, of Ft. Collins, Colorado. His wife (name and age unavailable at this time) was in the sleeper berth at the time of the crash. Both were transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for complaint of pain. They were hauling 27,000 lbs. of air freight.

George Best was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of lacerations and complaints of pain.

Troopers were at the back-up with emergency lights activated attempting to warn motorists.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Austin Fowler. Assisting were ISP Sergeants Chris Wright and Jared Nicoson, Troopers Ian Portteus, David Cox Jr., and Brad Fyfe, Cloverdale Fire/Rescue, Putnam County Operation Life, and Curtis Towing.

Additional pictures from the scene below:

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