CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (June 18, 2015) – A teenager narrowly made it out of her stalled car just before a semi crashed into it early Thursday morning in Clay County.
According to Indiana State Police, the 2001 Nissan was westbound on I-70 around 12:30 a.m. Thursday when the front tire blew out. The driver, 17-year-old Hannah C. Wade of Farmersburg, swerved across both westbound lanes before hitting a guardrail. The disabled car ended up in the westbound passing lane near mile marker 19.
A passing semi driver stopped his rig on the shoulder to assist Wade, who exited her vehicle to call 911. As she tried to get out of the road, another truck carrying a box trailer moved into the passing lane to avoid the stopped semi.
The driver, Jerry Chamberlain, 56, Belton, Mo., then hit Wade’s disabled car. Wade got out of the way and wasn’t hurt. State troopers estimated just a few seconds passed between the time Wade left her car and the second semi hit it.
The crash limited I-70 westbound to one lane for more than two hours during the investigation and cleanup.
Wade went to Terre Haute Regional Hospital after complaining of neck pain from the original crash. Chamberlain and the other truck driver were not hurt.