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Amber Alert

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Crash claims eight lives

A Sturgis man was one of eight people killed on the I-80/90 Toll Road near Bristol Thursday morning.

Mark S. Repp of Sturgis was the driver of a Ford 150 pickup truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers from the Indiana State Police said that three semis and four vehicles were involved in the crash.

“The crash scene resembled a battle zone with debris of the vehicles scattered across the westbound lanes of the Toll Road,” Indiana State Trooper Pete Bradley said.

The preliminary cause of the crash is attributed to driver inattention.

It is unknown at this time if speed or weather was a contributing factor.

Another witness said that the trucks appeared to be driving fast and exhibiting “aggressive driving.”

‘‘There are thousands of people that travel these roads everyday. All it takes is one person not paying attention for a split second to cause these accidents,’’ State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said.

The crash occurred in the westbound lanes at the 102.8 mile point, about one mile east of the Bristol bridge construction zone.

The Indiana State Police received the first calls on the crash at 6:42 a.m.

Police said that their initial investigation revealed that traffic in the westbound lanes had slowed and stopped in some areas as a wrecker removed a tractor-trailer from the median about two miles west of the crash location.

The earlier and unrelated crash caused a traffic backup for westbound vehicles.

It is believed that the 2006 Volvo semi, registered to New England Motor Freight from Elizabeth, N.J., initiated the chain reaction crash.

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