PUTNAM CO. – On July 3, 2022, at approximately 8:25 a.m., the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post responded to the area of Interstate 70 westbound near the thirty-six-mile marker to investigate a single semi-tractor-trailer accident that claimed the life of one individual.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Colton Maynor revealed that a 2001 Volvo semi tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 near the thirty-six-mile marker when, for an undetermined reason, the driver lost control of the semi and struck a guardrail. The impact from the accident caused the semi to flip over and catch on fire, subsequently causing fatal injuries to the driver. There were no passengers in the semi.
Positive identification of the driver is not yet available. Once identification has been determined and the family has been notified, the driver’s name will be released.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.
Assisting Agencies: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Putnam County EMS, Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department, Putnam County Coroner’s Office, and Curtis Wrecker Service.