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Three-semi Crash Leaves Two Truck Drivers Dead in Indiana

by Jana Ritter - Published: 6/24/2013

Two F&S Logistics truck drivers died around 7:18 a.m. Monday, in a three-semi crash along I-65 in Indiana. The Indiana State Police identified the victims as Marek Dziudek, 44, of Downers Grove, Ill. and Tadeusz Wojtaszek, 31, of Romeoville, Ill. Police are still investigating the accident.

Semi crash

What is known so far is that a disabled white Freightliner and trailer loaded with a rail container was parked on the southbound shoulder of the interstate. A 1998 red F&S Freightliner was parked in front of the white truck, and the two drivers were working to unhitch the trailer and attach it to the red tractor, according to police. Both drivers were standing outside their vehicles; one was even wearing a reflective vest.

“The vehicle did have its triangles out,” added Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley. “The trailer's flashers were not working because they had unhooked all of the lights and were getting ready to pull the truck out.” The driver of a southbound white 2004 Freightliner hauling a box trailer apparently didn't notice the stopped trucks. His truck clipped the back of the white trailer, and then hit the two drivers who were working beside the rig. The impact knocked one of the men onto the hitch area of the red tractor. He died there. The other driver was found lying beside the white rig. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died, Riley said at the scene.

The southbound truck, hauling for UPS, was driven by Plata Albertico, 42, of Berwyn, Ill. After striking the roadside rig, the southbound truck traveled about 30 yards further south of the crash and veered off the road and into a ditch, where it caught fire. Albertico was not injured, Riley said, but he was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Battleground firefighters doused the rig that was in the ditch, as well as the red tractor, which also caught fire.

Southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for more than two hours. One lane was intermittently opened around 9:40 a.m., but Riley expected that the southbound lanes would be restricted at least until the early afternoon. Southbound traffic was diverted from the Interstate at Indiana 18 about 11 miles north of the crash.

The driver of the southbound vehicle has not been charged with anything so far, as police continue their investigation.