WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana State Police says State Road 62 in Warrick County is back open after a deadly crash Tuesday morning.
It happened around 7:30 a.m.
Troopers say a tractor-trailer was stopped at a red light on SR 62 eastbound just west of Epworth Road.
They say 70-year-old Sheila Shofstall, of Chandler, was driving her 2007 Kia and was also stopped on SR 62 behind the tractor-trailer.
Dense fog was in the area and visibility was limited.
Troopers say 44-year-old Vernon Knepp, of Washington, was driving a 2011 Ford pickup truck pulling a utility trailer eastbound on SR 62 and didn’t see traffic was stopped at Epworth Road.
They say Knepp’s vehicle hit the back of Shofstall’s Kia, pushing it forward and into the back of the trailer.
Troopers say the pickup truck and utility trailer continued to travel east sideswiping the right side of the tractor-trailer before coming to a final rest east of the intersection.
Officials say Shofstall killed.
They say Knepp was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jermaine Canada, 48, of Birmingham, AL, was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A passenger in Knepp’s vehicle was not hurt.
The eastbound lanes of SR 62 between I-69 and Epworth Road were closed for approximately 3 ½ hours while troopers investigated the crash. The investigation is continuing.
“Fog was a big issue this morning,” Sgt. Ringle said. “I know driving over to the crash site I couldn’t see more than 200 feet. That being said, I was shocked to see how many people were driving in this condition without their headlights on. We can’t stress the importance of using your headlights when it’s foggy. But this morning, it was very foggy at the intersection, and when we got to the scene, it was difficult to see certain things. There’s no doubt that the fog had a role in the crash this morning.”