Multi-vehicle crash on I-65 claims two lives

WHITE CO. – On Friday around 12:40 p.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 northbound near the 189 mile-marker.

According to a preliminary investigation, a silver 2011 Mazda Miata, driven by Joseph Utley, 70, of Valparaiso, was traveling south on Interstate 65 in the left lane near the 189 mile-marker. For an unknown reason, the Miata went into the right lane and sideswiped a 2011 white Chevrolet Tahoe. The Miata went into the ditch on the west side of the southbound lanes. The driver of the Tahoe lost control, traveled across the median, and into the northbound lanes.

At the same time, a Greyhound bus, driven by James Jones, 65, Chicago, IL, was traveling north in the left lane. The Greyhound bus collided with the Tahoe on the passenger side. Both of those vehicles came to rest in the ditch on the east side of the northbound lanes.

Both occupants of the Tahoe were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by the White County Coroner. Their names are being withheld pending identification and notification to the family.

Multiple passengers from the Greyhound bus were transported to several nearby hospitals with non-life-threating injuries. One passenger from the Greyhound bus was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis by St. Vincent StatFlight helicopter. There were approximately 50 people involved in the accident. 

Joseph Utley was uninjured, and James Jones was transported to a Lafayette area hospital with non-life-threating injures.

Trooper Stinson was assisted on scene by Troopers from the Lafayette Post, Troopers from the Lowell Post, Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team, Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, White County Sheriff’s Department, DNR Officers, White County Coroner, Prairie Township Fire Department, Wolcott Fire Department, Monticello Fire Department, Chalmers-Brookston First Responders, Tippecanoe Township Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Washington Township Fire Department, Otterbein Fire Department, Monticello EMS, Wolcott EMS, Tippecanoe County EMS, St. Vincent StatFlight, INDOT, Tri-County School Corporation, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Farney’s Towing.