US 41 accident claims the life of one individual

SULLIVAN CO. – The Indiana State Police are investigating a Monday afternoon crash between a passenger vehicle and a semi tractor-trailer on US 41 just north of State Road 48, that claimed the life of one individual.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Justin Bell indicated that at approximately 1:30 p.m., a 2015 Mack semi tractor-trailer driven by 64-year-old Thomas E. Selig, of Rockville, Indiana, was traveling north on US 41 in the driving lane just north of State Road 48 with its emergency lights (four-way flashers) activated.  The emergency lights were activated due to hauling hazardous materials.

Selig stated he was stopped at a railroad crossing, which he is required by law to do due to hazardous materials when he felt an impact in the rear of his semi.  A 2014 Chevrolet was traveling north in the driving lane, directly behind the semi tractor-trailer, and failed to observe that the truck had stopped, running into the rear. 

The driver of the Chevrolet succumbed to injuries at the scene of the accident.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.  At that time, positive identification of the driver of the Chevrolet will be made.

Assisting Agencies:  Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Shelburn Police Department, Farmersburg Police Department, Thunderbird Volunteer Fire Department, Sullivan County Coroner’s Office, and Signal 40 Wrecker Service.