Trooper escapes serious injury as vehicle struck by semi on I-70

Monday, January 21, 2019
Indiana State Police Trooper Tim Raderís patrol car was heavily damaged Saturday when it was struck by a semi-tractor trailer in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 13-mile marker.
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PUTNAMVILLE Ė At approximately 8:40 p.m. Saturday, an Indiana State Police trooper from the Putnanville District escaped with minor injuries on Interstate 70 westbound near the 13-mile marker in eastern Vigo County, after his vehicle was struck by a semi-tractor trailer.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Senior Trooper Tim Rader was working a previous accident involving a semi-tractor trailer that ran off the roadway at the location.

Trooper Raderís vehicle was positioned in the driving lane of I-70, with all his emergency lights activated, diverting oncoming traffic to the passing lane due to the original accident being in the roadway.

A semi-tractor trailer, traveling westbound on I-70, observed Trooper Raderís emergency lights. The driver then activated his brakes on the 2019 Freightliner. Due to snow- and ice-covered roads, the driver lost control and the semi-tractor trailer began to jack-knife. The semi-tractor trailer then struck Trooperís Rader car on the driver side, causing extensive damage.

Both the driver and co-driver of the semi-tractor trailer, from Mississauga, Ontario, were transported to the hospital with non-life threating injuries.

Trooper Rader was wearing his seatbelt and received only minor cuts and bruises. Rader was released at the scene of the accident by medical personnel.

Investigating officer Trooper Justin Bell believes the semi-tractor trailer was traveling too fast for the road conditions and that speed was a contributing factor in this crash.

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