A resident of Avon was killed in a six-vehicle crash in White County after smoke from burning field debris reduced the visibility of multiple drivers. Emergency crews responded to the crash on U.S. 24 near County Road 700 West just before 1:00 p.m. on March 23, 2018. The investigators believe that a 2017 Ford Taurus had been traveling westbound on U.S. 24 and a 1988 Ford Mustang was traveling eastbound on the same highway when they collided. The crash between those two vehicles caused a chain reaction in which a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with the Mustang, a 2004 GM Safari crashed into the Cherokee, a semi-trailer crashed into the Safari, and a 2017 Chevy pickup truck subsequently struck the semi. The Safari caught fire and the semi was forced off the side of the road as a result of the collision and Deputy Coroner Tony Deibel pronounced the driver of the Safari dead at the scene. Investigators indicated that someone was burning field debris along U.S. 24 and that the heavy smoke blowing across the roadway obstructed driver visibility, likely resulting in the initial head-on collision. This incident lead to the highway being closed for several hours while the Indiana State Police Accident Reconstructionist investigated the crash scene.
In rural areas, burning garbage or debris may be necessary to remove or eliminate waste, however, due to the inherent hazards of igniting a fire, many precautions and safety measures to properly contain and control these fires must be taken to avoid serious injury or death. In addition, it is important to understand local rules and laws concerning starting fires to burn debris to avoid fines or criminal or civil penalties. If you or someone you know has been injured or died as a result of negligent supervision of a fire or other negligence, please contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law Offices at 888-578-3100 or at IndyInjured.com to learn more about your potential right to compensation.