NHRA crew member Dylan Cromwell was killed Sunday in a multiple-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 just west of Indianapolis as he drove the Jim Head Racing Funny Car team hauler to this weekend’s NHRA race at Las Vegas.
Cromwell, a Scobey, Mont., native who studied at NASCAR Technical Institute, was a crew member for the Pronto Auto Service Center Ford Mustang Funny Car that Blake Alexander drives in the Camping World Drag Racing Series.
According to Indianapolis TV stations WISH and WRTV and The Indianapolis Star newspaper, the accident occurred just before 10 a.m. in a construction zone in Plainfield, near State Route 267, during a heavy rainstorm.
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Indiana State Police said Sunday in a news release that three semis and one passenger vehicle were involved. The driver of an eastbound semi-tractor trailer lost control, jack-knifed, then crashed through a concrete barrier wall, hitting Cromwell’s westbound semi head-on.
When first responders reached Cromwell, he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A driver of one of the other semis was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. A passenger car and a trailer pulled by a third semi also sustained damage, and the driver of the car also suffered minor injuries.
Cromwell was en route to the Dodge//SRT Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that is scheduled to begin Friday.
Police still are investigating the exact cause of the accident.