GRANT CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say that an Indianapolis man was killed in a crash on Monday. ISP officials say that at approximately 6:56 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a four-vehicle crash on I-69 near the 267-mile marker.
The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Mansharan Malhi, 23, Sydney, Nova Scotia was driving a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor, pulling a box trailer, southbound on I-69. Timothy Mizell, 50, Wayne, MI was driving a 2001 Peterbilt semi-tractor, pulling a livestock trailer, southbound on I-69. He was driving behind the Freightliner. Gary Byrd, 62, Indianapolis, IN was driving a 2018 Kia Sedona southbound on I-69 behind the Peterbilt. Charles Wright Jr, 62, Markleville, IN was driving a 2020 International semi-tractor, pulling a box trailer, southbound on I-69 behind the Kia.
The four vehicles encountered a traffic back up, near a work zone, at the 267-mile marker. The Freightliner, the Peterbilt, and the Kia slowed down, but the International did not. The International rear-ended the Kia, pushing the Kia into the livestock trailer of the Peterbilt. The crash impact caused the Peterbilt to rear-end the Freightliner.
Byrd was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. Wright Jr was transported to Marion General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Mizell and Malhi were not injured.
This is an ongoing investigation. At this time neither the consumption of alcoholic beverages nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash.
Trooper Perez was assisted at the crash scene by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Vanburen Police Department, the Vanburen Fire Department, the Marion Fire Department, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.