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One Person Injured In Three Vehicle Collision

Last updated on Monday, December 3, 2018

(HURON) - One person was injured in a three-vehicle collision Thursday morning on US 50 and Huron Williams Road.

According to a Lawrence County Police report, 53-year-old Rita Pulley, of Mitchell, was traveling west on US 50 West and had stopped and was waiting to turn left onto Huron Williams Road when her 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup was struck in the rear by a 2014 Dodge Caravan driven by 32-year-old Solomon Alemayhu, of Indianapolis.

Pulley's pickup was shoved into the eastbound lane of US 50 West and was struck by a 2010 Freightliner driven by 29-year-old Randall Knepp, of Odon, which was traveling east on US 50 West.

Knepp attempted to avoid the collision and swerved to the right but his brakes locked up and he was unable to get stopped in time. The semi went off the right side of the highway, over an embankment into a large ditch with water in it and then crashed into a tree and overturned.

Pulley's pickup was shoved back across the westbound lane of the highway.

Alemayhu told police he was traveling around 45 miles per hour when the driver of the pickup stopped suddenly. He attempted to stop but his brakes locked up and was unable to. Police say he left 95 feet of brake marks prior to impact.

Pulley told police she had stopped on US 50 and was waiting for traffic to clear to make the turn onto Huron Williams Road when her pickup was struck in the rear.

Police say Alemayhu was at fault because it appears he was traveling over the posted speed limit at the time of the crash. His vehicle was impounded until a search warrant could be obtained to retrieve the computer information from the vehicle.

The outcome of this investigation could change depending on the information obtained from that computer.

Crews were on the scene for more than 12 hours and had US 50 West shut down while officers investigated the accident, cleaned up a diesel fuel spill and the soybeans which had been dumped from the semi.

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