• Semi driver killed in fiery I-70 crash

    August 18, 2011 No comments

    State police say a crash involving two semi tractor-trailers killed one person Wednesday.

    The crash was reported just after 3:00 p.m. on I-70 near the 30 mile marker in Putnam County.

    Police say eastbound traffic had been moving slowly through the single-lane construction zone and for an unknown reason came to a stop. An eastbound tractor pulling a box trailer driven by 57 year old Kundan S. Randwaha of Canada stopped for traffic and was struck from behind by another semi tractor-trailer.

    Troopers Brandon Mullen and Ted Robertson came upon a crash and found the driver pinned in the tractor. While the officers were assisting medical personnel, flames erupted within the cab area. The troopers used fire extinguishers in an attempt to douse the fire, assisted by others at the scene, but the flames continued to grow. The flames and heat became so intense that it forced the troopers and other assisting to retreat. The uniform of Trooper Mullen caught fire and quickly put out by bystanders. The driver was later found dead in the tractor.

    Investigators say the identity of the deceased driver will not be released until positive identification can be made. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police.


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