HAYDEN, IN – Three people were injured Friday night in a multi-vehicle truck accident in Jennings County, Indiana. The truck collision happened on U.S. Highway 50, near Hayden, IN. The area is in the far southeast corner of the state, 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis, IN and 60 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.
Shortly after 5:00 p.m. Friday night, 33 year old Kevin L. Jayne of North Vernon, IN was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup truck east on U.S. Highway 50. As he neared the area of US 50 and County Road 900W he apparently lost control of his pickup, crossed over the center line of the highway, and into the path of a westbound 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer truck driven by 55 year old James R. Malone of Tower City, Pennsylvania…
The truck driver was unable to maneuver to avoid an accident, and collided head-on with the pickup truck. After hitting the tractor trailer, Mr. Jayne’s Dodge Dakota then bounced back into his original lane, directly in the path of another pickup truck, driven by 29 year old Corey M. Shultz of Plainfield, IN. Mr. Schultz, who had been driving behind Mr. Jayne at the time of the truck accident, slammed into the passenger side of Jayne’s Dodge Dakota.
The Dodge Dakota was left mangled after the multiple truck accidents, and emergency personnel had to use tools to cut him out of the wreckage. Mr. Jayne and his two unidentified passengers in the pickup truck were injured. Mr. Jayne and one of the passengers reportedly had each broken some bones. All three were stabilized and then transported to Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour, about 9 miles away.
The driver of the tractor trailer truck, Mr. Malone, was not injured in the truck accident. However his tractor trailer was destroyed in the collision. One of the semi truck’s fuel tanks ruptured in the collision, and spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel out onto the highway.
Mr. Schultz, the driver of the second pickup, complained of back pains after the collision but there were no reports that he was taken to the hospital.
US Highway 50 was closed for about five hours in the vicinity of the truck accident, while investigators and crews worked to clean up the diesel fuel and remove the collision wreckage.
The truck accident investigators have not determined the exact reason Mr. Jayne crossed the highway, which set the multiple vehicle accident into motion. However, the roads were slushy at the time of the truck accident, so weather may have been a factor.
No charges or citations have been made at this time.
Indiana State Police, Jennings County Sheriff’s Dept., Seymour Fire Department, and the Jennings County Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the truck accident.
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