Five individuals escaped serious injury in a fiery two-vehicle crash south of Arlington shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening. According to investigating officer Rush County deputy Daniel Meyer, the engine in a Ford pickup truck stalled as the driver, identified as Blake Anthony Wayne Fair, 21, of Indianapolis, was leaving a residence in the 1900 block of CR 700W. A short time later, after narrowly being missed by one passing vehicle, the truck was struck by a northbound vehicle, injuring five individuals, including two children.
The investigation found that Fair had just purchased the older model truck and was backing out of the sellers driveway, 1941 South CR 700W, when the vehicle’s engine stalled and rendering it inoperable in the middle of the roadway. Fair’s truck was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by Jonathan Adams-Spiker, 29, of Arlington.
The impact to the drivers’ side door of the Ford resulted in Fair and an unidentified adult passenger being injured, as well as Spiker and two minor passengers inside his vehicle.
“Thankfully, all occupants in both vehicles were properly restrained and were wearing their seatbelts at the time of impact,” Meyer said.
Following treatment at the scene by medical personnel from Rush Memorial Hospital and Carthage, all of those injured were transported to Rush Memorial Hospital. Although not believed to be life threatening, the full extent of their injuries was unknown at press time Monday.
A unidentified witness told investigators they came upon the stalled truck in the road and were able to avoid a collision prior to the vehicle being struck by Spiker’s Chevrolet, a short time later. The individual continued by telling investigators the truck had no external or inside lights visible at the time of the crash.
Due to the magnitude of the collision, the number of individuals injured and the ensuing fire, CR 700W south of Arlington was closed to all traffic for nearly two hours during the investigation and cleanup process. The road was reopened shortly after 8 p.m.
Assisting at the scene were units from Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, RCSD, RMH Ambulance, Carthage Ambulance and Davis Towing.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.