Single-vehicle semi crash on I-70 claims the life of a Cambridge City man

INDIANAPOLIS – A Cambridge City man died in a single vehicle roll-over crash Sunday on I-70 near Shadeland Avenue.

At 8:47 a.m. Indiana State Police Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls about a semi roll-over crash in the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 88.4 mile marker.

An INDOT Hoosier Helper was the first on scene and relayed information to dispatch that the driver of the semi was pinned under the semi and was unresponsive.

Trooper Aaron Pfaff and Sgt. Tim James arrived on scene and were not able to access the man pinned under the wreckage.

A large tow truck from Interstate Towing was called to the scene and assisted the Indianapolis Fire Department with extrication of the man. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Preliminary investigation determined 70-year-old Billy Ray Ervin Jr., of Cambridge City Indiana, was driving a semi-tractor trailer west on I-70 when he drove off the roadway, struck a concrete barrier wall then into the right ditch and overturned.

Ervin Jr. was wearing a seatbelt but became entrapped under the semi when it rolled over. Investigators are not sure what caused Ervin Jr. to drive off the road, there were no skid marks to indicate braking.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Two lanes of I-70 westbound were blocked for several hours while the crash was investigated. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and no other occupants inside the semi.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis EMS, Hoosier Helpers, Marion County Coroner’s Office and Interstate Towing.