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Semi driver arrested for chain-reaction crash

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 10:37:52-04

A Florida truck driver was arrested for allegedly causing a chain-reaction crash that involved six semi-trucks and one van on I-65 Thursday.

The crash happened shortly before 5:00 p.m. on I-65 near the 92-mile marker, close to the city of Franklin.

Police said Jose Montalvo, 43, of Hialeah, Florida, was driving a red 2000 Freightliner when he came upon stopped traffic in the right lane. Rather than stopping, Montalvo rear-ended another semi, causing a chain reaction that collected six other semis and a van.

The driver of one of those semis was taken to the hospital.

Montalvo reportedly fled on foot from the scene, but was located a short time later by Johnson County Sheriff's deputies.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash and driving without insurance. He was also cited for several Federal Motor Carrier violations.