Today’s Pickup: Trucker ‘in agony’ over fatal Indiana crash

A Michigan truck driver said he is “in agony” over Sunday’s fatal crash in Indiana that left three people, including a 1-year-old, dead, according to a handwritten note the 34-year-old wrote that was released by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. 

Mathew Lewis Small. Photo: Boone County Sheriff’s Office – Indiana

“My heart and prayers are with the families. I am in agony over this whole ordeal,” Mathew Lewis Small wrote in the short note released by sheriff’s office on Monday.

Small is charged with three counts of reckless homicide in connection with the crash on  Interstate 65 near the Zionsville exit.

The sheriff’s office said it released Small’s note at the trucker’s request.

“He is very regretful and upset over what happened,” Sheriff Mike Nielson said in a statement. 

Small told officers that he looked away from the road to put down his coffee mug before his semi crashed into multiple vehicles in slowing traffic, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation into the pileup could take up to six months to complete. 

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Final thoughts:

Whatever the ultimate cause of the Indiana crash, it should serve as a reminder to all drivers that there is no replacement for fatigue except rest. 

It’s also critical to address any underlying health issues, especially sleep apnea, as FreightWaves Chief Analytics Officer Dean Crooke recently wrote

Hammer down, everyone!