HENRY COUNTY – Shortly before noon Friday, officers from the Indiana State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the 115-mile marker, in which an Ohio man has died.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Tom Schwendenman revealed Craig S. Simon, 58, of Powell, OH, was traveling eastbound on I-70 in the left lane. For an undetermined reason, Simon failed to notice traffic had stopped as a result of an active construction zone. Simon’s 2021 Kia Sorento struck the rear of a 2016 International tractor-trailer driven by Joseph Lizon III, 39, of Wellsburg Brooke, WV.
Simon was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by the Henry County Coroner. Drugs nor alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash, however Lizon III was transported to the Henry County Hospital for a chemical test, as required by Indiana State law. I-70 was shut down for two hours while officers, emergency crews, and wreckers cleared the roadway.
The crash remains under investigation pending autopsy and toxicology results.
Master Trooper Schwendenman was assisted at the scene by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Knightstown Fire Department, Henry County EMS, Henry County Coroner’s Office, and Davis Towing.