Two separate incidents caused traffic to slow on I-70 about 5 miles east of Marshall Tuesday night.
One vehicle, driven by 46 year old Gaston Munoz, of Terre Haute, was travelling eastbound on I-70 when his vehicle struck an icy bridge deck causing it to skid off the roadway to the left. The vehicle struck the median and overturned several times. There were six passengers in the vehicle and two were injured. 24 year old Gaston Munoz Jr. and 39 year old Francisco Amador Reyes, both of Terre Haute, were transported to Union Hospital in Terre Haute for treatment.
The driver was charged with Driving Too Fast for Conditions and Diving with No Valid Licence.
Approximately a mile east of the first crash, a pickup truck owned by the Marshall Fire Department, driven by 49 year old William D. Brown of Marshall, had stopped on the north shoulder to assist with a slide-off incident involving a vehicle driven by 49 year old Randy L. Aldridge, of Jay, Florida. Traffic had slowed due to congestion from the previous crash and there was a sheet of ice covering the whole area. Additionally, Brown and Aldridge’s vehicles were parked on the opposite side of the interstate than the earlier crash. A vehicle driven by 25 year old Trenaya N. Blackburn, of Stuebenville, Ohio, was approaching the parked vehicles and went into an uncontrolled skid on the ice, bumping Brown’s truck and then sliding into Aldridge’s vehicle. Blackburn and two passengers, Nariah L. Jones, 19, and Arthur Jones (III), 22, both of Stuebenville, were transported to Union Hospital for treatment. Additionally, a passenger in Aldridge’s vehicle, Ronald K. Chavers, 57 of Monticello, Mississippi, was treated for injuries at the scene.
Blackburn was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.