MORGAN CO. – Sunday night at Indiana State Troopers, and deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on I-70 that included a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle and seriously injured.
According to an ISP report, a 2013 Ford, driven by 50-year-old Robert Bowles, of Cloverdale, was traveling on I-70 in the right west lanes when he attempted to change lanes due to slower traffic, made contact with a 2005 Jeep that was in the left lane. That collision caused the Jeep to leave the roadway and come to rest in the grassy median. Bowles’ vehicle then collided with a 2018 Honda and both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder of I -70.
Bowles exited his vehicle and began checking on the other drivers by running across the roadway. Upon crossing the travel lanes of the interstate, Bowles was then struck by a fourth vehicle, a 2006 Kia.
Deputies of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department initially arrived and were able to apply a tourniquet to Bowles’ arm to prevent blood loss due to the severe injuries as a result of the collision.
Once Troopers arrived at the scene, they began shutting down the traffic on I-70 so Bowles could be flown to an Indianapolis area hospital for treatment.
As the investigation into the crash continued, Troopers believe that Bowles may have been impaired due to his driving behavior, evidence at the scene, and erratic actions before being struck.
All lanes of I-70 were temporarily closed for the investigation.
The status of Bowles is unknown at this time and this crash is still under investigation as Troopers perform the crash reconstruction.
Trooper Michael Tummers was assisted by Troopers Bill Lux of the Bloomington District, Troopers Hans Nowak, Colton Maynor, Daniel Organ, and Athan Lamson from the Putnamville District, and Troopers Ty Mays and Brandon Gray from the Indianapolis District. Sgt. Danielle Elwood-Henderson from GHQ and Trooper Matt Holley from the Versailles District assisted with Crash Reconstruction.