CLOVERDALE, Ind. (WISH) - A semi driver was killed in a fiery crash Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Putnam County. Eastbound traffic was blocked for several hours.
INDOT reported eastbound lanes were closed to all but emergency traffic. Indiana State Police said traffic would remain blocked through at least 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and perhaps longer, due to continued cleanup of the wreckage and evaluation of the road surface, which was damaged by the fire. One lane is expected to be re-opened for traffic, but drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. While the road remains closed, eastbound traffic near the 30-mile marker was diverted north onto Ind. 59, then to U.S. 40 east, the to U.S. 231 south to I-70, Indiana State Police said.
The crash happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. WTHI reports officials said a box truck travelling in front of the semi slowed down as it approached a construction zone, and the semi rear-ended the box truck.
When police arrived, they found the driver of the semi trapped inside the cab and truck on fire, because the fuel line had ignited. Police tried in vain to put the fire out with extinguishers and to pull the driver out. When firefighters arrived, they could not extinguish the flames before the entire cab was ablaze.
The name of the driver had not been released. Check with wishtv.com for updates.
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