For immediate release: Nov 05, 2010
Posted by: [ISP]
Contact: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: (219) 696-6242 OR (800) 552-8917

Hebron Man Dies in I-65 Crash

Lake County, Indiana-Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Rubesha responded to a crash where a Hebron man died late last night, when he was standing outside his service vehicle filling a tire up with air on I-65 south bound at the 258.1 mile marker (this is just south of the Ridge Road exit).

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 11:41 pm, yesterday evening, November 4th, a 2007 International semi-box trailer, owned by Dayton Freightlines, out of Dayton, Ohio, was parked on the outer shoulder, well off the roadway, just south of the Ridge Road exit with a flat tire on the passenger side of its semi trailer.  The driver, Thomas P. O'Conner, 57 of Wheeling, Illinois, was inside his tractor at the time of the crash and was not injured.

A 2008 Ford F-350 pick-up truck, owned by Boss Truck Shop Incorporated out of Gary, Indiana, was parked behind the Dayton semi.  The driver, Philip Amsden, 63, of Hebron, Indiana, was outside the vehicle, between his vehicle and the Dayton semi putting air in the tire he was servicing.

A 2006 Land Rover, driven by Jeffrey A Cleary, 64 of Valparaiso, Indiana, was accelerating to merge onto I-65 south bound from Ridge Road, when the Land Rover struck the Ford service vehicle in the left rear corner and pushed the Ford into the rear of the International semi.  Amsden (service repairman) was in between the semi and service truck putting air in the tire he just serviced and was crushed between the two vehicles.

Amsden was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lake County Deputy Coroner from massive blunt force trauma.  Family was notified.

The Land Rover after striking the service truck rolled onto its side.

Cleary was not injured.  He was taken to Lake County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.  Further charges are expected later today.

All lanes of I-65 were re-opened at approximately 3:45am.

Agencies assisting:  Lake County Deputy Coroner, New Chicago Police Department, Lake Station Police and E.M.S., Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Senior Trooper Tom Quinn, and Indiana State Police Reconstructionist Trooper Dan Becker.


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