VIGO COUNTY, Ind. — Late Saturday afternoon, Indiana State Police and Vigo County emergency agencies responded to a three-vehicle crash on I-70 near mile marker four.
Three people were found dead at the scene as a result of the crash that involved two semis and one car. Three of the deceased were in the car and one was a tractor-trailer driver. The second semi driver was not injured.
According to a preliminary investigation, fire department units and tow recovery units were working on a small tractor-trailer brake fire on the eastbound shoulder of I-70, which slowed traffic. That’s when an eastbound semi reportedly failed to slow down and struck a car, forcing it into the back of another semi.
The identities of the victims were released Monday:
- The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as Jeffrey D. Kolkman, 38, of Jenison, Michigan.
- The driver of the Toyota was identified as Brian E. Lee, 48, of West Terre Haute.
- Lee’s son, 23-year-old Aaron M. Lee, died in the front passenger seat.
- Stephanie Swaim, 45, of Brazil, Indiana, died in a rear seat.
All four victims died on impact, according to Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos.
Eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed after the crash. The incident is being investigated by state police.