Tippecanoe County-Monday at approximately 3:20 p.m. on I-65 southbound in the left lane of the split traffic pattern near the 172 MM (that is near the SR 26/172 exit) a five vehicle crash claims two lives.
The names of the deceased from the five vehicle crash have been identified as Marvin L. Rea, 49 of Gary, IN the driver and Kelli Nicole Bradley, 34 also from Gary the passenger. They were in a 2006 red Cadillac CTS. The vehicle was crushed between a semi and a box truck. Families have been notified.
Rea was the 1987 Trester Award winner from Gary Roosevelt HS and coached Bowman Academy to four state basketball championship game appearances including titles in 2010 (A) and 2013 (2A). He was currently coaching at Gary Lighthouse.
Preliminary investigation by Troopers Stephen Grayson and Probationary Trooper Corey Brown has revealed that a white 2007 Freightliner pulling an intermodal container and driven by Ashraf M.
Al-Rabba, 36 of MI was stopped for a crash south of his location. A red 1998 International pulling a flatbed and driven by Karl E. Klinge, 54 of Sherman, IL was stopped behind the Freightliner. A red passenger car was behind the Freightliner stopped. A white box truck driven by Joseph Gais, 62 Florissant, MO was coming up on the stopped vehicles and was slowing down. A white 2017 Freightliner pulling a car hauler and driven by Anthony J. Dick, 31 of Plainfield, IN apparently was distracted and did not see the traffic had come to a stop.
It is unknown at this time if the white box truck hit the red car first or if the 2017 Freightliner ran into the back of the box truck and then pushed it into the red car. That impact pushed the red car underneath the flatbed killing both occupants of the red car. The white box truck was spun around and was pinned between the flatbed trailer and the 2017 Freightliner who came to rest partially through the guardrail. The impact pushed the Red International into the intermodal trailer.
Gais was transported to UI Arnett Hospital with a complaint of pain. Dick was also transported to the hospital reference complaint of pain. Neither Al-Rabba nor Klinge were injured. A blood test on all drivers was administered reference state law. The two deceased names will be released after notification made to family. The investigation is continuing.
Assisting at the scene was troopers from the Lafayette Post, ISP Re-constructionist, the Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Police Department, Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department, Tippecanoe County Coroners’ Office, Tippecanoe County EMS and Jim’s Wrecker Service.
The interstate north and southbound is still closed. Northbound should be opened in about 20 minutes. Southbound should be open within the hour.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.