Truck Driver Killed In Putnam County, Indiana

by fst | December 28th, 2011

December 28, 2011

A truck driver was killed Monday afternoon when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. According to Channel 10 News, the accident happened at 4:30 in the afternoon along Interstate 70.

The 65-year-old driver of the big rig from Columbus, Ohio, was hauling a load of acetone–a chemical nearly twice as flammable as gasoline–when he lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a support beam of a bridge above the highway, and flipped the massive truck several times before screeching to a halt. The driver was declared dead when paramedics arrived.

HAZMAT Crews worked for nearly twelve hours after the crash to clean up the acetone spill along the highway.

Indiana State Trooper Marcus Tow says that distracted driving in usually the cause of accidents like this one, and that being a defensive and alert driver is the best way to protect yourself from an accident involving distracted driving.

The Indiana truck accident attorneys with Fleschner Stark Tanoos & Newlin agree. They know that driver distractions can range from:

  • Cell Phone Use
  • Texting While Driving
  • Use of On-Board Computers
  • GPS Units

Distractions can also include factors such as fatigue, drug or alcohol use, and the driver’s health.

Proving that a driver’s distraction caused an accident can be difficult, but our experienced team of attorneys can help. Call us today if you have been injured in a truck accident at no fault of your own.

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