MUNCIE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a three-vehicle crash on the Muncie Bypass Saturday afternoon claimed the life of a Tipton man and sent two others to I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. Around 4 p.m. this afternoon officers received reports of a three-vehicle crash on the Muncie Bypass at McGalliard Rd. with serious injuries. Delaware County Deputies arrived and summoned Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Investigators.
The preliminary investigation was conducted by Master Trooper Thomas Harbison and Crash Investigators, Master Trooper Coley McCutcheon, Master Trooper Michael Bradbury and Trooper Mark Hanna. The preliminary investigation shows that a 1972 Triumph sports car, driven by Matthew Adams, age 28, of Tipton, was in the northbound right lane of the Muncie Bypass, stopped at the McGalliard Rd. red light behind a gray Hyundai car driven by Karmen Harvey, age 35, of Grand Rapids MI.
A 2009 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Melvin Weaver, age 28, of Indianapolis, was traveling northbound in the right lane of the bypass approaching the light when the driver failed to recognize the stopped traffic in front of his vehicle. When he did see the stopped traffic, he tried to take evasive action but was unable to avoid hitting the Triumph car in the rear pushing it forward into the Hyundai sitting in front of it.
The driver of the Triumph, Matthew Adams, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. His passenger, wife Anna Adams, age 27, was transported by EMS to the hospital, along with Karmen Harvey, the driver of the Hyundai, both suffering with what was described as non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup, Melvin Weaver, was uninjured.
The investigation remains ongoing with future charges possible. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in causing the crash at this time. State Police investigators were assisted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the Muncie Police Department, the Delaware County Coroner, Delaware County EMA and Nye;s Wrecker Service.