I-64 fatality victim not yet identified

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

From Local Sources

DALE — Authorities have yet to identify the victim whose vehicle crashed into a semi at midday Thursday between I-64’s Huntingburg and Ferdinand exits.

Indiana State Police were called to the 60-mile marker along a Spencer County stretch of the interstate west of Ferdinand shortly after noon.

State police crash reconstructionists would be on the scene for more than five hours piecing together the events that led up to the tragedy, according to authorities.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victim’s eastbound vehicle drove off the north side of the roadway, crossed over the median and collided with a westbound 2016 Freightliner semi driven by Paul Reckner, 32, Sweetwater, Texas.

Reckner was not injured during the crash but was transported to a local hospital by a trooper for a certified chemical test that is standard protocol in such injury accidents.

Police say neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to have been factors in the fatality.

The deceased’s vehicle was removed from the crash scene and was taken to the Carter Fire District fire station in Dale where an autopsy was performed.

Unfortunately, state police said, due to the severity of the impact, the Spencer County Coroner’s Office will not be able to make a positive identification for several days.

The Santa Claus Police Department, Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana Department of Transportation also assisted.

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