According to Sheriff's Chief Deputy Doug Barr, Steven Anderson, of Castle Rock, Colo., got a scare after he pulled over to pick up some items that fell from the bunk of his semi tractor and the semi started rolling backward. Anderson was traveling west on I-70 when he pulled over to the side of the off-ramp at Exit 23. According to Barr, the driver for Crete Carrier Corp., of Lincoln, Neb., forgot to set the air brake to his semi and trailer. The semi started to roll backward and the trailer jack-knifed and rolled down the embankment off the side of the Interstate.
Indiana State Police, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Center Point Town Marshal and Redbird Garage responded to the scene.
No one was injured.
Two nearby crashes occurred on I-70 Tuesday.
Shortly after 10 a.m., an automobile driven by Timothy Mahrenholz, 39, of Lawrenceville, Ill., left the roadway and hit the guardrail at the 8 mile marker in Vigo County. The car was driving westbound at the time of the accident. State Police reported the roadway was dry and the cause for the crash was unknown.
Mahrenholz was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with internal and left hip injuries. He died as a reult of his injuries.
Later in the day, a semi tractor-trailer jack-knifed in Clay County (see photo).