(FERDINAND) – Shortly after noon on Thursday, Indiana State Troopers responded to a fatal accident on I-64 west of Ferdinand.
Multiple Indiana State Police Accident Reconstructionists were on scene for more than five hours piecing together the events that lead up to this tragedy.
Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound vehicle drove off the north side of the roadway and crossed over the median before colliding with a westbound 2016 Freightliner semi driven by 32-year-old Paul Reckner, of Sweetwater, Texas.
Reckner was not injured during the crash but he was transported to a local hospital by a trooper for a certified chemical test, which is standard protocol. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor at this time.
The deceased’s vehicle was removed from the crash scene and taken to the Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department where an autopsy was performed.
Unfortunately, due to the severity of the impact the Spencer County Coroners Office will not be able to make a positive identification for several days.