Truck crash on 243 sends driver to PCH

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PUTNAMVLLE -- A 34-year-old Illinois truck driver was injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday morning on State Road 243, south of Putnamville.

Indiana State Police Troopers and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a tractor-trailer rollover mishap at 11:43 a.m. just north of Interstate 70.

The State Road 243 roadway was closed for crash investigation and clean-up until approximately 1:20 p.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 International tractor, pulling a dump trailer loaded with aggregate, driven by Paul E. Rideout of Kansas, Ill., was southbound on SR 243, lost control and rolled over.

Rideout was transported by Putnam County Operation Life paramedics to Putnam County Hospital for treatment of what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries to his face and shoulder.

Information from the driver and evidence at the scene suggest the 2007 International experienced a mechanical malfunction related to the steering, which appeared to cause the crash.

A post-crash inspection by ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Master Trooper Matt Ames confirmed the steering issues. No citations were issued.

Owner of the truck is Jon Wood Trucking of Paris, Ill.

The crash was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Angie Hahn. Assisting were ISP Commercial Vehicle Master Trooper Matt Ames, Cloverdale Fire/Rescue, Putnam County Operation Life, Curtis Wrecker Service and Indiana Department of Transportation personnel.

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