On Tuesday morning a first responder vehicle was hit by a passing tri-axle on the eastbound lane of I-64 at mile marker 63.
According to the report from the Indiana State Police, at around 9:24 a.m. Ferdinand First Responders had been dispatched to I-64 for an ill 28-year-old male. The first responders arrived and were treating the ill male. One of the first responders, Bradley Haas, had parked his white 2003 Ford truck west of where they were working with the ill man. Haas’ vehicle was partially on the shoulder and in the driving lane with his blue light activated and four-way flashers on while other first responders were on the scene directing traffic into the passing lane.
A few moments later a white, 2010 International tri-axle traveling east failed to merge into the passing lane and hit Haas’ truck. After the collision the International rolled onto its side. Haas, fortunately, was able to avoid being hit.
The International was operated by Derek B. Love, 22, Palmyra and is owned by Riverton Truckers Inc. out of Jeffersonville. Love was transported to Memorial Hospital by Dubois County EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Love has preliminarily been cited for Speed to Fast to Avoid Collision.
Love stated he became distracted and looked down at some documents just prior to the crash.
Master Trooper Randy Neighbors said, “This is a perfect example of why you must pay attention while operating a vehicle. Being distracted or not paying attention even for a second or two is dangerous. We were very fortunate in this case that no one else was injured or killed.”
The eastbound lanes of I-64 were closed for approximately three hours while crews cleared the scene.
Assisting Agencies: Ferdinand Police and Fire Departments and Dubois County EMS