Both lanes of I-70 were closed near Terre Haute, IN Tuesday afternoon as hazardous material crews worked to extinguish a tractor trailer engulfed in flames. The incident followed a three car accident that sent a 90-year-old to the hospital.
The elderly Clay City woman was driving her Chevy Malibu westbound on I-70 near mile-marker 22 when she made a U-turn and crossed over the paved median. A tractor trailer, heading east, smashed into her car and sent her car careening into the right lane. As bad luck would have it, another semi-truck, traveling in the right lane, failed to avoid the woman and she was struck again.
The 90-year-old was forced into a ditch and left suffering from severe head injuries. Emergency crews from Posey and Jackson Township quickly responded to the crash site. According to responders, the woman may not have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the truck collision and had to be extricated from her demolished car. She was immediately rushed by air to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.
Neither of the commercial truck drivers were hurt in the accident. The first semi-truck that initially hit her burst into flames and the blaze quickly got out of control. Indiana State Police closed all lanes of traffic, believing that the tractor trailer may have contained hazardous materials.
Nearly 2 hours later some lanes of I-70 were reopened once the tractor trailer fumes were proven not to be dangerous. The 90-year-old has been listed as stable.
In 2010 alone there were 13.320 accidents involving big trucks in Indiana – a %15 increase from the previous year. When these accidents end with injuries, it’s often the people in the smaller passenger cars that suffer the most harm.
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