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Truck Driver Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

One person is dead after a semi-truck crashed and caught fire on Interstate 65 in Johnson County.

Details about the Semi-Truck Accident

FOX 59 News is reporting that a driver was killed and Interstate 65 south near Whiteland was shut down on Wednesday morning after a semi-truck crashed and caught fire.

The accident happened near mile marker 93 at around 6:15 a.m. Photos and video sent in from witnesses showed and explosion and the truck on fire.

The Indiana State Police reports that a Good Samaritan witnessed the accident and pulled the driver of the truck out of the wreckage. The driver was sent to the Johnson Memorial Hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries. The identity of the driver will not be released until the family of the driver has been notified.

The witness tried to help the driver of the truck after the accident, and ran to the trailer that was ablaze. The witness said that he was being burned, but that he couldn’t just keep driving without stopping to help.

According to state police, the truck drove off the interstate, hit a guardrail, and then hit a tree before it caught fire. The fire then spread to the grass and trees, which forced the closure of the interstate for an hour and a half. The truck was transporting liquid protein and plastic containers at the time of the accident.

Important Information about Large Truck Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year associated with large truck accidents:

  • In 2013 alone, there were a total of 3,964 people who were killed in accidents involving large trucks.
  • Another 95,000 people were injured in large truck accidents.
  • 17 percent of the people killed in large truck accidents were the occupants of the large truck at the time of the accident.


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