INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 26, 2015)– Emergency crews put out a fatal semi truck fire on the ramp from westbound I-70 to southbound I-65 downtown on Friday night.
Both the southbound and northbound ramps were closed so crews could get to the scene. The area was closed for several hours.
The victim of the crash has been identified as 45-year-old Tanya Mitchell of Toronto, OH. The driver of the semi has been identified as 50-year-old Herbert Oien of McMinnville, OH.
State Police say Mitchell was sleeping in the berth of the truck and was pinned in the cab after the crash.
Oien told State Police he heard a “pop” and then his trailer began swinging to the left. He tried to correct it, but lost control and crossed into the right lane, then struck the concrete barrier wall. Oien and several people who pulled over to help tried pulling Mitchell from the cab, but were unsuccessful due to the fire.
The driver of the vehicle was able to get out on his own, he was transported to Methodist in good condition.
Officials say the truck was carrying a load of paper products.