2 dead, 3 injured in chain-reaction crash near sinkhole on I-265

Two killed in crash near I-265 sinkhole

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WAVE) – Two people died and three others were injured in a crash involving five vehicles on Interstate 265 in New Albany.

The crash was reported on I-265 East near the 3.4 mile marker around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to Indiana State Police.

A sinkhole in the eastbound lanes of I-265 closed the interstate starting just after midnight Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
A sinkhole in the eastbound lanes of I-265 closed the interstate starting just after midnight Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Just down the road from the deadly crash, interstate traffic was being diverted at the Charlestown Road exit due to a large sinkhole that had developed overnight in the roadway near the 5 mile marker.

During the rush hour traffic, ISP said the driver of a work truck failed to stop as traffic slowed because of that diversion.

According to state police, a 2011 International DuraStar work truck, driven by Brady E. McAfee, 22, of Depauw, Ind., failed to stop and hit the back of a Chevrolet pickup truck, which caused that truck to slam into a maroon 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The chain-reaction crash continued as that truck then collided with a white 2012 Ford pickup truck hauling an equipment trailer loaded with a mini-excavator, which then struck a 2017 Ford Fiesta.

Trooper said the driver of the maroon 2000 Ford F-150, Douglas E. Borders, 42, of Scottsburg, Ind., and his passenger, Christina M. Coy, 36, also of Scottsburg, died at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the Chevrolet truck, Robert Schultz, 39, and Myra Schultz, 40, of Elizabeth, Ind., were rushed to University of Louisville Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The driver of the gray Ford Fiesta, Maria Bernabe, 28, of New Albany, Ind., was taken to Baptist Floyd Hospital in New Albany and is also expected to be OK.

The deadly crash closed I-265 East for nearly six hours Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The deadly crash closed I-265 East for nearly six hours Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The driver of the white 2012 Ford pickup truck with the equipment trailer, Nevin Saltsgaver, and his passenger, Jacob Saltsgaver, both of Leavenworth, Ind., were uninjured in the crash.

Troopers said the driver who caused the crash, McAfee, was also not injured.

ISP has not made any arrests, but its investigation is ongoing.

Lanes that were closed near the 3.4 mile-marker on the interstate due to the crash reopened around 2:30 p.m. However, the interstate remained closed near mile-marker 5 due to the sinkhole until about 8 p.m.

The Indiana Department of Transportation completed repairs to the sinkhole and reopened all lanes.

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