Multi-vehicle crash shuts down section of Highway 56 - News, Weather & Sports

Multi-vehicle crash shuts down section of Highway 56

A view of the crash from Air 3. A view of the crash from Air 3.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – Police are on the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 56.

According to the Washington County Sheriff and Indiana State Police, the wreck happened around 5:45 p.m. Monday on Highway 56 at West Washington School Road, located just outside of Salem, Indiana.

WSLM reported a student at West Washington High School was driving a yellow car when they ran a stop sign and struck a semi tractor trailer going east bound on Highway 56. The impact caused a rupture in the tractor-trailer's fuel tank, igniting the cab. The tractor-trailer driver swerved into the west bound lane, striking a Chevy truck. Both vehicles left the road on the north side and came to stop in a field. 

A female passenger in the pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle. She was airlifted from the scene by helicopter ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, according to WSLM.

Wilcox Wrecker Service was called to raise the cab of the burning semi off the cab of the pickup truck. 

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and emergency workers spent about 40 minutes cutting the driver from the wreckage. The driver was loaded onto a stretcher and was also flown to University Hospital.

The driver of the yellow car were taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem. The student has been treated and released.

The tractor-trailer driver was transported to an area hospital.

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