RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind. – A Muncie man was seriously injured Friday morning after his car rearended a semi truck on US Highway 36.
On Friday, Feb. 12, at appmximately 6:36 a.m. the Randolph County Emergency 911 Center received a report of a personal injury crash that occurred on US Highway 36 just West of County Road 1200 West. Personnel from West Union Fire Department, Farmland Fire Department, Culbertson Emergency Medical Services, Losantville Town Marshal’s Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the crash.
The preliminary investigation indicated Brandon D. Meekin, of Huntington, Indiana, was operating a 2013 Freightliner semi, with trailer, eastbound on US Highway 36, just West of CR 1200 West. Meekin was following a Indiana State Highway truck traveling approximately 45 miles per hour.
Gabriel P. Smith, of Muncie, Indiana, was operating a 2007 Dodge Charger, also eastbound on US Highway 36 when his vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of Meekin’s trailer. The front of Smith’s vehicle was pinned under the trailer and dragged approximately 834 feet before Meekin was able to get his truck stopped.
Smith had to be extricated from his vehicle by Fire Department personnel. He was transported, by ambulance, to Reid Hospital due to multiple injuries. Meekin was not injured.
The crash is still under investigation.