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Commercial Vehicle Erupts Into Flames After Crash
Updated April 28, 2015 8:16 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(CLAY CO.) - A commercial vehicle crashed in the westbound lane of Interstate 70 and then erupted into flames.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday Indiana State Police and Clay County emergency agencies responded to the crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 25 mile marker.

The driver sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

According to police 42-year-old Rodney Hudlin of Dayton, Ohio was traveling westbound in a 2007 Freightliner, pulling a trailer loaded with batteries when he failed to stop for stationary traffic from an earlier crash near the 22mm.

Hudlin lost control of his tractor-trailer while attempting to avoid stopped traffic and struck the bridge railing. The tractor-trailer then caught fire.

Firefighters from Posey and Jackson Township Fire Departments extinguished the blaze.

CARE ambulance transported Hudlin to St. Vincent-Clay Hospital in Brazil for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper David Cox Jr. Assisting were ISP Troopers Jonathan Cumbie, Yan Dravigne, and Ted Robertson, ISP Sergeant Joe Rutledge, Clay County Sheriff's Office, and Curtis Wrecker Service.

INDOT officials are on the scene determining the damage to the bridge and any safety concerns. Both westbound lanes are currently closed. Unknown when they will open. Traffic is currently routed north on US 231 to US 40 Westbound in Putnam County.

Questions concerning the bridge damage should be directed to INDOT officials. One lane may be open very soon. Please contact the Putnamville Post for inquiries on road opening at 765-653-4114.

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