Clay County man killed in I-70 crash

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CLAY COUNTY, IND. — State Police and local law enforcement investigated a fatal crash on I-70 Thursday night.

Officers responded to mile marker 24, near the Brazil, Ind. exit, around 8:30 p.m.

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The tree blocking I-70 was measured to be 60 to 70 feet in length and three to four feet in diameter, according to Indiana State Police.

Results of a preliminary investigation reveal four semi-trailer trucks and a passenger car were driving westbound on I-70 when they came upon a large tree that had fallen in the roadway.

The tree measured approximately 60 to 70 feet in length and three to four feet in diameter.

State Police said the first truck could not slow in time and struck the tree, traveling off the side of the roadway into a watery ditch.

The three remaining trucks and the passenger car sustained moderate to heavy damage, but the drivers were not injured.

The driver of the first truck, identified as Robert J. Reedy II, 53 of Brazil, Ind. died at the scene.

Reedy’s truck, owned by Dart Express Trucking, contained canned grocery items.

State Police and INDOT crews blocked I-70  at the Cloverdale exit, mile marker 41, through the early morning hours while the scene was cleared.

7 comments

    • Janice K. Tucker

      I agree, damn tree, too bad that a life was lost, thoughts & prayers to his family, my milk hauler travels I 70 West & he usually gets into my place, north of Danville, around 2AM, ever since hearing about this accident on the 11 PM news & not knowing any names had me on edge, so far, my milk hauler has not come in, but at least I know he wasn’t the one killed.

  • silistra

    I thought trees were supposed to have been cleared back from the interstates for a distance to keep this kind of thing from happening. I'm not surprised when trees fall across backroads and smaller highways… but the interstate??

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