Putnam County—Last night at 11:05, Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a passenger car versus semi crash in the westbound driving lane of Interstate 70 near the 39 mile marker.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2018 Dodge passenger vehicle, driven by 50-year-old Kenneth David Harrah of Saint Peters, Missouri, was traveling westbound on I-70 approaching the rear of a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by 60-year-old Pritpal Singh of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. For an unknown reason, Kenneth Harrah failed to slow or change lanes to avoid the tractor-trailer, ultimately striking the rear of the trailer. Harrah was pronounced deceased at the scene from his injuries.
Early indications are the tractor-trailer was traveling at or near normal speed, when the faster moving Harrah vehicle struck the rear of the trailer.
Family has been notified.
According to Putnam County Coroner Dave Brown, an autopsy is scheduled for 10:00 am this morning, with toxicology results pending for additional days.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Austin Fowler. Assisting were ISP Sergeant Cory Robinson, Troopers Kyle Hall, Colton Maynor, and Tim Rader, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, Cloverdale Police Department, Cloverdale Fire/Rescue, and Curtis Wrecker Service.
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