INDOT worker sent to hospital after semi strikes truck, shut downs I-74

Photo from the scene.

BOONE COUNTY, Ind.– Both lanes of westbound I-74 were closed near State Road 75 in Boone County after a semi struck an INDOT truck.

Officials said the semi rear-ended an INDOT safety truck that was protecting a crew who was patching potholes around 11 a.m. Friday. The semi knocked the INDOT vehicle about 500 feet forward, striking another INDOT vehicle.

It happened at mile marker 49. Traffic was backed up approximately three miles.

One INDOT employee was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released Friday afternoon, officials said. The employee was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Other workers were working on the road, and were not injured.

“It’s so important to remind people to please watch for our crews out there, not just for INDOT,” said Debbie Calder, the communications director for INDOT’s west central district, based in Crawfordsville.” We have different counties and cities that are doing these same kind of activities out on the roadway and it’s so important that they move over, slow down and give our crews room to work.”

One lane of traffic opened around 2 p.m. The interstate opened fully at 3 p.m.

Indiana does have move over laws that require drivers to slow down and move over for first responders and their vehicles are present. The law also applies highway workers and their equipment and tow trucks.

A motorist who violates the law could face a fine and a two-year suspension of their license if a worker is hit or killed. It also applies to the equipment of the personnel.