Editors note: The following story has been updated after police corrected their initial report to read that the Van in the crash was traveling eastbound.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Update: Indiana State Police have released more information regarding the crash on I-70 near mile marker 3 that resulted in one death.
According to police, the crash occurred at approximately 6:41 a.m. Thursday when a Ford van was traveling eastbound and ran into the rear of a semi tractor-trailer that was stopped due to the clean-up of multiple vehicle accidents from earlier in the morning.
The force of the collision is believed to have caused the van to erupt in flames.
An ISP trooper was nearby when the wreck happened and attempted to get the driver out of the van. But the damage from the collision combined with the intense heat of the fire made them unsuccessful.
Sugar Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after and extinguished the fire.
ISP confirmed that the driver of the van died as a result of the incident, the identity of the deceased will be released once family members have been notified.
One of the crashes that caused traffic to be backed up was at mile marker 6 in Vigo County. That crash was a rollover involving at least one semi. Traffic was shut down on I-70 for some time, reopening at approximately 8:45 a.m.
ISP Sgt. Matt Ames asked drivers to slow down due to slick and hazardous conditions. Vigo County Dispatch sent out the following message around 3 a.m. Thursday: “DUE TO [MULTIPLE] ACCIDENTS AND ICE ON THE ROADWAY AVOID I-70 MILE MARKERS 4-7.”
INDOT crews were called out to treat some of the slickest roadways.
Authorities in Clay County were also reporting multiple incidents due to the ice.
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