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Early morning semi accident causes traffic jam

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cleaning up after an early morning semi accident on Interstate-70 Thursday afternoon caused a traffic jam in Brazil.

According to report filed by Indiana State Police Trooper Jared Nicoson, a semi truck left the interstate near the 27-mile-marker shortly after 7 a.m., Thursday.

Michael L. Tenniswood, 42, Huron, Mich., told authorities he was traveling eastbound near the 25-mile marker when he was overcome with violent coughing and drove off the right side of the road, struck a woven wire fence, a ditch, earth embankment and several trees before the vehicle came to a stop.

Tenniswood, who apparently suffered from bruised or broken ribs, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment

Traffic is currently being rerouted while a large wrecker is currently removing the vehicle.

Officials kept the highway open for traffic while waiting for a wrecker to pull the semi truck out of the field. However, when the wrecker arrived around 3 p.m., the road was closed to allow clean up.

Traffic became congested in Brazil as motorists used main roadways like State Road 59, United States 40 and various back roads while motorists found an alternate route around the area.

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