Early morning fatality on I-70 closes Westbound traffic

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The crash on I-70 in Greenfield involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle.

GREENFIELD — Officials with the Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) were called to fatal crash early Friday morning in 2200 block of I-70 heading westbound. The crash officials said involved a passenger vehicle and semi-tractor trailer truck and happened at approximately 4:58 a.m. Friday, April 5.

Capt. Robert Harris from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is a member of the FACT team. Harris said the driver of the tractor-trailer is the person who was killed in the crash and has been identified as Jamesly Pierrelis, 35, Avon. His family has been notified..

Harris said the crash involved a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2020 International semi tractor pulling a box-style trailer. The Camaro was driven by Daniel Tauber, 58, Spiceland, who was uninjured. The tractor-trailer, driven by Pierrelis, is considered to be a “day-cab” style with no sleeping compartment, Harris noted in a release.

The Camaro and tractor-trailer were both traveling west bound on I-70, approaching State Road 9 when the crash occurred. Details note, the Camaro was in the left (high-speed) lane beside the tractor-trailer in the right (slow) lane. As both vehicles were nearing the State Road 9 overpass, they made contact.

The impact caused both vehicles to lose control. The tractor-trailer struck the Camaro, the State Road 9 overpass, and a temporary, concrete barrier wall near the median, Harris said.

The crashed caused the interstate to be closed for several hours with all traffic diverted off at State Road 9, then back on the entrance ramp while Hancock County FACT investigated the scene. Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation were are also on the scene to inspect any damage to the overpass and barrier wall.

The driver of the Camaro, Tauber, is the one who called 911 after the crash, has cooperated with law enforcement, and submitted to a chemical test as part of routine investigation for the fatal crash. Harris noted he was released from the scene.

“At this time no alcohol or drugs are suspected,” Harris said.