PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. – Six people were transported to the hospital Tuesday after an INDOT truck was struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of I-70.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says it happened near the Putnam-Morgan county line, at mile marker 48 around 3 p.m.
According to INDOT, four of their crew members were parked on the side of the interstate to pick up trash. While they were parked, INDOT says their truck was struck by another vehicle, which caused the INDOT truck to roll over onto its roof top.
INDOT says the four workers were transported by ambulance and officials say two people in the other vehicle were airlifted to area hospitals. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
The driver who struck the INDOT truck received a citation for unsafe lane movement.
The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed due to the crash, but they have since reopened.
COMPLETE I-70 MM 48.0 EB near 1100W / mile 48 All lanes closed 2 hours due to a crash
— INDOT TrafficWise (@TrafficWise) June 18, 2019
Indiana State Police released the following statement regarding lane safety and road/emergency workers:
The Indiana State Police wants to remind drivers of the “MOVE OVER LAW” which requires drivers to move to an adjacent lane away from the emergency workers when possible. If the lane is occupied, then reduce your speed to 10 MPH below the posted speed limit and proceed through the area with caution, so that a safe working environment can be provided for the emergency personnel working.