UPDATE: Oct. 3 Ind. 37, Strawtown Avenue crash a result of driver failing to stop at stop sign

Semi crash closes Ind. 37, Strawtown Avenue intersection

Semi crash closes Ind. 37, Strawtown Avenue intersection

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious crash involving three commercial vehicles at the Ind. 37 at Strawtown Avenue intersection in Noblesville at approximately 1:17 p.m. Oct. 3.

Deputies and fire personnel arriving at the scene found two semi-trucks and a box truck blocking the intersection. One driver had been ejected from the vehicle and was found on the roadway.

Sheriff’s Office Crash Team Investigators along with Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers conducted an investigation of the scene and determined a white Freightliner truck driven by Johnny Hernandez, 38, Indianapolis, was traveling westbound on Strawtown Avenue when it failed to stop for the stop sign at Ind. 37.

Semi crash closes Ind. 37, Strawtown Avenue intersection

Semi crash closes Ind. 37, Strawtown Avenue intersection

Hernandez told officers the brakes in the truck failed.

The Freightliner truck entered Ind. 37, where it struck a white International semi, driven by Arturo Arranaga, 51, Lake Station, Ind., traveling northbound.

The initial collision resulted in the northbound semi entering the southbound lanes of Ind. 37 where it struck a black Freightliner, driven by Jason Cromwell, 42, Ontario, Canada.

Hernandez was ejected from the vehicle and was transported by air ambulance to St.Vincent Hospital on 86th Street in Indianapolis. Arranaga was transported by ambulance to St.Vincent Hospital, while Cromwell was taken to Methodist Hospital.

Injuries included broken bones and chest pains.

Ind. 37 and Strawtown Avenue were closed until approximately 5 p.m. due to sheet metal and a fuel spill on the roadways.

This incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Crash Team. Anyone with information should contact the team at 317-773-1282.

As with all serious injury crashes, toxicology tests were administered. Results of those tests are pending.

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