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Driver injured in I-70 accident

Thursday, February 16, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- A two-vehicle accident on Interstate-70 Thursday morning resulted in minor injuries to one driver.

At approximately 8:50 a.m., Thursday, Indiana State Police Troopers and Clay County emergency agencies responded to the vehicle crash in the westbound I-70 lane at the 23-mile marker.

A preliminary investigation revealed a gray, 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by James L. Elkins, 25, Terre Haute, was attempting to enter westbound I-70 from the State Road 59 exit and was struck in the rear by a maroon, 2006 International tractor pulling a box trailer, driven by Ryan Robertson, 27, South Whitley, Ind.

According to reports, Elkins failed to yield to the tractor-trailer, which could not move into the passing lane because of traffic.

Hiner Transport LLC, Huntington, Ind, owned the semi. The load of dry goods originated in Fort Wayne, and was bound for Marshall, Mo.

Elkins was transported to St. Vincent-Clay Hospital, but later released.

No citations were issued to either driver and seatbelts were in use.

I-70 remained open during the investigation and cleanup, but was slow in the area for approximately one hour.

ISP Master Trooper Matt Ames investigated the crash, with assistance from ISP Motor Carrier Officer Cindy Gray, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, TransCare and Poor Boys Towing.

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