At approximately 8:27 pm on January 28th, 2018 a 2014 Kenworth Semi-tractor trailer driven by Jay N. Southworth 58, of Portland Indiana was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70. Mr. Southworth attempted to make an abrupt lane change before striking a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by James R. Waters 39, of Crown Point Indiana in the right side. Mr. Southworth’s vehicle continued into the right lane, striking a 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by Mark A. Florence 44, of Dayton Ohio in the rear. Mr. Florence’s vehicle then drove off the right side of the roadway striking a 2002 International Truck. The International truck, an Ohio Department of Transportation road service unit was unoccupied on the right berm. ODOT worker Garrett M. Fosnaugh 25, of South Vienna Ohio was in the cargo area of the truck at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle.
The crash occurred on Interstate 70 eastbound near milepost fifty-three.
Mr. Southworth refused medical treatment at the scene. Mr. Florence was transported to Southview Medical Center by a family member. Mr. Waters and his passenger Martin W. Bruder 46, of Chicago Illinois refused treatment at the scene. Mr. Fosnaugh was transported to Springfield Regional Medical center with non-life threating injuries. The crash closed eastbound Interstate 70 for approximately two hours. Any inquiries reference the crash investigation can be directed to Trooper Levi Gilliland of the Springfield Highway Post
The Springfield Post was assisted at the scene by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Township Fire and EMS.