Tow truck driver loses leg after hit-and-run crash on interstate

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --  A tow truck driver is in the hospital after suffering serious leg injuries during a hit-and-run crash on the interstate.

The crash happened early Friday morning on I-70 near Harding street just west of downtown Indy.

The injured tow truck driver was taken to Eskenazi hospital after the crash where doctors were forced to amputate his lower leg.

Unfortunately, the semi driver responsible never stopped.

“A semi driver was basically riding the white line and hit my driver,” said the owner of Ward’s Towing Charles Ward.

Charles says his driver suffered a broken hip and lost his lower leg in the crash.

“This guy’s life is impacted forever.  It’ll never be the same and it was totally preventable,” said Ward.

It’s hard to see, but dash cam pictures show the semi responsible with a black cab and white trailer.   The semi’s passenger side lug nut covers also fell off on the scene, but it’s not clear why he didn’t safely move over one lane.

“There were no other vehicles around.  There was no reason for him not to shift out of that lane at all,” said Ward.

Earlier this week an Indiana State Police trooper was hurt when a driver slammed into his squad car during a routine traffic stop on 865.  State police say Indiana’s move over and slow down law applies to all emergency vehicles.

“Yellow lights are just as important as red and blue lights. If you see those lights, you must slow down and move over,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine.

According to Sgt. Perrine, this year alone statewide there have been 75 parked tow and repair trucks hit by passing cars, along with 20 ambulances, 20 fire trucks, 26 highway department vehicles and 242 police cars.

“I mean we average more than one a day.  People are getting hurt and killed and it’s so preventable,” said Perrine.

The tow driver did have his amber emergency lights activated, but Charles says drivers too often refuse to give his employees room to work.

“No one pays attention anymore.  If you just slow down, you can literally save a life,” said Ward.

The injured driver Jack Deaton has been upgraded to good stable condition.

In the meantime anyone with information on the semi driver is asked to contact state police at 317-899-8577.