Remaining Victims of Toll Road Crash Identified

Indiana State Police say a truck driver was not paying attention and caused a crash that killed eight people on the toll road Thursday morning.

It happened about 6:40 am, near mile marker 102.

That is about a mile east of the Bristol/Goshen exit.

State police say semi-driver Leonardo Doksey of Mount Prospect, Illinois started the chain reaction crash.

Officers say Cooksey's semi slammed into the rear of a pickup.

All five passengers in the pickup were killed, while the driver is critically injured.

In all, four cars were damaged, as well as three semi trucks.

At the time of the crash, traffic was slowing down, or stopped, because of a separate accident about two miles up the road. “Of the thousands of people who travel these roads every day just takes one person not paying attention for a split second to cause this accident, that's typically what happens,” explains Sgt. Trent smith of the Indiana state police.

“I've seen a lot out there on the toll road, but I've never seen anything like this,” Trooper Tim Moon says.

State police have released the names of all eight people killed in the accident.

Five of those killed were in the same pickup truck, a Ford F250.

They are…

Samuel Yoder of Wolcottville, his son Anthony Yoder also of Wolcottville, Vernan Miller of Wolcottville, Merle Miller of Ligonier and Lester Yoder of Topeka.

The driver of that pickup, Wayne Lehman of LaGrange, is in critical condition.

The driver of a Ford F 150 pickup, Mark Repp of Sturgis, was also killed in the crash.

A couple from Springfield, New Hampshire was also killed.

They are identified as Douglas and Mary Helen George.

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