Two-semi I-70 accident claims life of one driver
BRAZIL -- The Indiana State Police are investigating a crash between two semi tractor-trailers that occurred Wednesday evening near the 19-mile marker on Interstate 70 eastbound that claimed the life of one individual.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Athan Lamson indicates that at approximately 6:35 p.m., a 2012 Freightliner driven by Emmanuel Ramos, 35, Philadelphia, was traveling in the driving lane of I-70 near the 19-mile marker eastbound in Clay County. Ramos was traveling approximately 60 mph when he was suddenly struck in the rear by another semi tractor-trailer. The force of this collision caused both semi tractor-trailers to leave the interstate on the south side into the wood line.
The other semi-tractor trailer was driven by Carey W. Baker, 48, Sevierville, Tenn. Baker was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clay County Coronerís Office.
A passenger, Ian M. Windom, 26, Sevierville, Tenn., who was in the sleeper berth of Bakerís tractor-trailer, sustained neck and back injuries from the impact of the accident. Windom was taken by LifeLine to a hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening injuries.
Ramos was transported by STARR ambulance service to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident is being reconstructed by Senior Trooper Tim Rader of the Putnamville State Police Post with the assistance of other troopers.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a contributing factor of the accident.