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Semi accident results in arrest of driver

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- Indiana State Police Troopers responded to a semi tractor-trailer rollover near the 24-mile marker of Interstate-70 at approximately 8:54 a.m., Wednesday.

A preliminary investigation revealed a black 2000 Freightliner tractor pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with PVC plastic pipe was eastbound on I-70 and traveled off the right side of the roadway.

The vehicle then overturned onto the driver's side.

The load originated in Columbia, Mo., and was bound for Middleton, Del. The owner of the tractor-trailer was Prime Incorporated, Springfield, Mo.

The driver, Charles Gregg, 60, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., allegedly smelled of alcohol and was transported to the Clay County Justice Center, where he tested more than the Indiana State legal limit. According to reports, Gregg was not injured in the accident.

Gregg was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor. At press time, Gregg was still at the Justice Center on $7,000 cash bond only.

He was also cited for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations pertaining to alcohol use.

ISP Master Trooper Matt Ames conducted the investigation. ISP Sgt. Chris Wright, ISP Trooper Bill Bradbury, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Peffley and Hinshaw Wrecker Service assisted.

According to ISP officials, I-70 eastbound has been opened, but only on the passing lane.

The road was closed from 10:54-11:20 a.m., so the tractor-trailer could be put back onto its wheels for towing.

All debris clean-up, according to officials, was expected to be completed by 1:15 p.m., and then both eastbound lanes would be open.

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It is bad enough to get behind the wheel to drive a couple of miles from a party or bar late at night with little traffic on the road, not that it is either legal or, most importantly, safe. But to be under the influence on a freeway where the speed limit is in excess of 60 M.P.H at 9:00 AM on a school day where around any curve you might find a school bus load of kids on a field trip and at the wheel of a vehicle that can weigh up to 40 tons is just insane!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Feb 15, 2012, at 7:57 PM

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