Serious Injuries Reported in Crash Leaving Car Wedged Under Big Rig

Crown Point, IN – A motorist suffered serious injuries today in a crash that left a car wedged underneath a big rig along an Indiana interstate.

Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators said the accident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. at the 246.8 mile-marker on Interstate 65 south.


A preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2010 Ford Focus was traveling southbound in the far left lane when the driver, Jaime L. Wheeler, 36, from Wheatfield, IN, lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway.

The Ford then struck the trailer of a semi that was traveling southbound in the center lane, ISP reported.

Both vehicles came to a stop in the right lane.

The Ford was left wedged under the trailer resulting in injuries to Wheeler, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver, who ISP did not identify, was uninjured.


Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in this crash.

However, ISP indicated Wheeler was likely “driving too fast for the wet road conditions” at the time of the crash.

Additionally, investigators also said the condition of the tires on the Ford was also a contributing factor.

The roadway was closed for several hours for crash scene cleanup and investigation, but has since been reopened.


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