Semi driver taken to hospital after crashing while reaching for Bluetooth, says police

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 27, 2015)—A semi driver was taken to the hospital Thursday after police say he drove into an embankment after reaching for his Bluetooth device.

Deputies with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident on I-65 near the 60 mile marker in reference to a semi that crashed.

Authorities said the driver, 33-year-old Aaron Bowling, hit a pickup truck and then a guardrail before speeding down the embankment. Bowling told deputies he was reaching for his Bluetooth piece when he veered out of his lane.

The pickup truck that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The truck is owned by Yardberry Landscaping and Excavating. Crews were working on a large culvert in the area when the crash occurred.

Bowling was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A Good Samaritan who stopped to help Bowling sustained minor injuries to his leg while running down the embankment. He was treated at the scene by EMS.

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