A longtime Philo village trustee was among three people killed this week in a fiery, five-vehicle crash in southern Indiana.
John W. Mumma, 67, had served on the board of the Champaign County village of 1,442 for at least 30 years, said Village President Larry Franks.
"During my time as mayor, I have considered him to be my right-hand man," Franks said.
In addition to his trustee role, Mr. Mumma was a former assistant fire chief for Philo’s volunteer department and coached the village’s softball team for many years, Franks said.
On Thursday, the day after the wreck that claimed the life of Mr. Mumma and two others, authorities were still investigating.
Thursday 1:20 p.m. Update
Authorities are continuing to investigate a five vehicle crash in southern Indiana Wednesday that claimed the life of a Philo man and two other people.
The accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday along southbound Interstate 65 in Jackson County north of Seymour.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles says that a semi-truck slowed down in the left lane while a pickup driven by 67-year-old John W. Mumma of Philo slowed down behind the semi. And then an R-V driven by 57-year-old Glenn E. Cardelli of Minocqua, Wisconsin, that also was carrying his wife, 57-year-old wife Kathryn L. Cardelli, slowed behind them.
Wheeles says 46-year-old Roger Woody of North Carolina was driving his semi-truck in the left lane, when he failed to slow down and hit the R-V, causing a chain-reaction crash.
He says Mumma and the Cardellis died in the crash. Four of the five vehicles caught on fire as a result of the accident.
The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for about 11 hours during the investigation and cleanup of the crash.
No one else was injured. Toxicology tests are pending.
Original 7:55 a.m.
Authorities say three people have died, including a Philo man, in a southern Indiana crash involving five vehicles that left two semi-trailers fully engulfed in flames.
The crash happened Wednesday along southbound Interstate 65 in Jackson County north of Seymour, Ind.
Indiana State Police said a semi-truck slowed down in the left lane while a pickup driven by John Mumma, 67, of Philo slowed down behind the semi. A recreational vehicle driven by 57-year-old Glenn E. Cardelli of Minocqua, Wis., that also was carrying his wife, 57-year-old wife Kathryn L. Cardelli, slowed behind them.
Police said a semi-truck failed to slow down and hit that the recreational vehicle causing a chain-reaction crash. Police say Mumma and the Cardellis died in the crash.
No one else was injured. The accident remains under investigation.