Roachdale man escapes serious injury when dump truck blows tire

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Steven Hansen, of Roachdale, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 40 when the left front tire blew, causing the truck to roll over and slide into the westbound lane. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

Roachdale man escapes serious injury when dump truck blows tire

MOUNT MERIDIAN -- Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 near County Road 850 East at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday for a single-vehicle rollover crash, State Police at Putnamville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Mack quad-axle dump truck, driven by 56-year-old Steven R. Hansen of Roachdale, was eastbound on U.S. 40 and experienced a blown left front tire.

The trooper working the scene stated the driver would have sustained serious injury had he not been wearing a seatbelt. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

The Bowling Trucking dump truck then veered into the median, rolled over and slid into the westbound lanes.

The truck was loaded with approximately 20,000 pounds of gravel.

Following the crash, both westbound lanes o f U.S. 40 were blocked.

Hansen sustained minor injuries in the crash, but refused treatment at the scene.

He was subsequently taken to Hendricks Regional Health by his employer and spent Wednesday night there.

A family member reported that Hansen got home on Thursday.

According to investigating officer ISP Sgt. Cory Robinson, "Hansen most likely would have sustained substantial injuries had he not been wearing a seatbelt."

The Indiana Department of Transportation rerouted all traffic into the eastbound lanes during the crash investigation and clean-up. All lanes were open and clear by 1 p.m.

Assisting at the accident scene were ISP Master Trooper DuJuan Presley-McFadden, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Fillmore Fire Department, Putnam County Operation Life, Indiana Department of Transportation and Curtis Wrecker Service.

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  • Glad he wasn't hurt!

    -- Posted by Marnie5968 on Wed, Jul 1, 2015, at 2:39 PM
  • This is my ex husband, he was hurt, his boss took him to Hendricks in Danville...our kids are there with him now...nothing life threatening but he is there to be checked out thoroughly... for those who believe in the power of prayer a prayer would be grateful at this time to make sure nothing seriously does develop from the trauma of the accident

    -- Posted by DIANNAGORRELL on Wed, Jul 1, 2015, at 3:28 PM
  • I'll miss the old gem going by the house.....

    -- Posted by kubotafan on Thu, Jul 2, 2015, at 9:51 AM
  • so i would like to correct one thing on this article... i am steves daughter and my dad came home wednesday night he didnt stay at the hospital over night i wish they would have kept him but they wouldnt so he came home. he has very minor injuries for how bad of an accident he had.. id like to thank all the people who went to help him on scene before the ambulance or anyone could get there... my family greatly appreciates how kind and caring you people were to go check not knowing what you were walking up to see.. also my dad said thank you for all the help and prayers he has recieved itll be a couple months before he will be healed but hes just thankful hes still here with us..

    thank you

    Danielle Hansen

    -- Posted by DanielleHansen on Fri, Jul 3, 2015, at 9:06 AM
    Response by Jared Jernagan:
    My apologies for the inaccuracy. I spoke with your brother and apparently I misunderstood. I'm glad your dad is doing better.
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