(Greensburg, Ind.) - A semi went airborne off an Interstate 74 exit ramp, landed, and burst into a ball of blames near Greensburg Thursday – and it was all caught on video.
A fellow trucker’s dash camera was rolling as he prepared to take the interstate ramp. The video posted to YouTube shows just a few hundred feet ahead as a tanker truck appeared out of nowhere across both lanes of travel and exploded.
THE ACCIDENT OCCURS AT ABOUT THE 3:29 MARK IN THE VIDEO.
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Indiana State Police said Friday that the 2000 Peterbilt semi driven by Ryan T. Young, 30, of Owenton, Kentucky was eastbound on I-74 approaching exit 132 – not far from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana – when another vehicle began drifting into his lane. Young swerved to avoid the other vehicle and ran off the south side of the interstate where the semi ran up a hill then through the guardrail.
The rig continued across the U.S. 421 interchange and through a second guard rail, which tore off the truck’s diesel fuel tanks and caused them to ignite.
Miraculously, Young suffered some minor facial and head injuries. His seven-year-old son, who was a passenger, suffered only a few scratches. Both were transported to Decatur County Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police.