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One person was killed in a car versus semi accident early Thursday afternoon along Interstate 64 in Spencer County.

Shortly after noon yesterday, troopers with the Indiana State Police responded to the fatal accident along I-64 west of Ferdinand near the 60 mile-marker.

Multiple Indiana State Police Accident Reconstructionists were on scene for over five hours piecing together the events that lead up to the accident.

Preliminary investigation by police revealed an eastbound vehicle drove off the north side of the roadway, crossed over the median before colliding with a westbound 2016 Freightliner semi driven by 32-year old Paul Reckner Sweetwater, Texas.

Police say Reckner was not injured during the crash but he was taken to a local hospital by a trooper for a certified chemical test, which police say is standard protocol for those involved in an injury accident. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor at this time.

The deceased was removed from the crash scene and taken to the Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department where an autopsy was performed. Police say due to the severity of the impact the Spencer County Coroners Office will not be able to make a positive identification for several days.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Santa Claus Police Department, the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, the Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Spencer County Coroners Office & the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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