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Jackson County Crash Claims Life Of Ohio Man
Updated November 3, 2017 8:22 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(BROWNSTOWN) - A crash on US 50 East claimed the life of a 50-year-old Ohio man on Wednesday afternoon.

Police and emergency crews were called to the accident that shut down US 50 East for several hours starting at 4:15 p.m.

According to Jacob Tolle and Matt Holley, State Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, 24-year old Christopher McClain, of Merrillville, was traveling west on US 50 East near County Road 1050 West in a white 2013 Freightliner pulling a flatbed trailer. A red 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, being driven by 50-year-old Jerome Sharkey, of West Chester, Ohio was traveling eastbound on US 50.

As both vehicles passed through a construction zone where bridge replacement was taking place, the vehicles struck each other in the roadway. McClain's flatbed trailer struck the cab of Sharkey's vehicle entrapping Sharkey in his vehicle. He was extricated from his vehicle and transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. Sharkey was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.

McClain was not injured in the crash.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing to determine which vehicle crossed the centerline and why the crash occurred.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors but toxicology tests are pending at this time.

Troopers Tolle and Holley were assisted by Trooper Michael Thiron, Indiana State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Seymour Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Brownstown Fire Department, Carr Township Fire Department, Driftwood Township Fire Department, and Owen Township Fire Department and Shawswick and Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Department.

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