CHICAGO (CBS) — Weather may have played a role in the early-morning accident in Indiana that killed three people on U.S. 20 near Rolling Prairie, about 20 miles west of South Bend.
Judith Peachey, 22, of Goshen was 40 miles into her drive when the accident occurred at 7:05 a.m. Friday. She may have been on her way to Greensburg, Kan., where teenaged passengers Rosalie Koehn and Lani Nace lived.
LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police Capt. Michael Kellems said Peachey lost control and her Pontiac skidded into the path of a semi tractor-trailer truck driven by Joseph Green of Mishawaka, who escaped injury.
Kellems said conditions were poor at the time. The temperatures was 32 degrees, and Kellems said there was a mixture of freezing rain and snow falling.
The accident occurred two months to the day after another triple fatal accident on the same stretch of U.S. 20, and hours after a double fatal.
Kellems said driver inattention is the biggest cause of accidents on the road, which he considers so dangerous that he won’t drive on it.