HENDRICKS COUNTY – A driver is thankful he is OK after he was unharmed in a serious crash in Hendricks County Monday morning.
The accident shut down U.S. 36 for more than half an hour as crews worked to clean up debris and remove a truck from the road.
A truck, driven by Justin Kaczorowski, flipped upside down into an embankment. He had spent two weeks at the Covered Bridge Festival and was on his way home when the accident occurred. Investigators said Kaczorowski told them he nodded off. He also said he believed he hit something that was on the road.
“I was driving down the road and I think I hit something on the road and it pushed the wheel to the right and about 10 seconds later that’s where my truck was…my truck trailer was on top of the guardrail,” Kaczorowski said.
The guardrail went through the engine compartment of his truck. Kaczorowski miraculously walked away from the accident without any injuries. He said he was wearing his seat belt and had not been involved in an accident in 15 years. He said he was appreciative of the people who stopped to make sure he was OK.
“I can still walk and (I can) still breathe and I’m not missing any arms or legs. I still get to see my daughter and wife,” Kaczorowski said.
Crews reopened one lane of U.S. 36 near County Road 775 West about a little more than 30 minutes after the accident and the entire road was reopened by 2:30 p.m.
This accident is the second one that happened along U.S. 36 in about a week that shut down part of the road. Last Sunday, there was another serious crash that occurred less than a mile away from Monday’s crash. In that case, nearly a dozen people were taken to the hospital to be checked out. Investigators said cars were slowing down on U.S. 36 because there was a car turning. Then, a car rear ended another one. Investigators said a car was pushed into oncoming traffic and it was hit.