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[ISP] Semi Catches on Fire on I-65
Start Date: 5/20/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/20/2014
Entry Description

Clinton County-Yesterday evening at approximately 9:50 p.m, on I-65 southbound at the SR 28 exit, a semi caught fire sending the driver to the hospital.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Tyler Bentlage and Probationary Trooper Dexter Whitten has revealed that a 2004 Peterbuilt owned by US Container Services INC out of Cincinnati, OH and driven by Tremayne D. Whitehead, 33 of Louisville, KY was southbound on I-65 near the 158 mm. The driver noticed smoke building up in the cab area of the truck. He pulled over and saw flames coming from the smoke stack area and attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher. Police and fire were called to the scene and upon the arrival of the fire trucks, the Peterbuilt was fully engulfed.

The fire was quickly extinguished but the Peterbuilt was a total loss. The 2005 CVGC trailer loaded with engines and owned by Interpool Titling out of Princeton, NJ received minor damage. No load was lost. Whitehead was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Frankfort, IN with smoke inhalation. Unknown what his condition is at this time. The southbound ramp was closed for about an hour for extinguishing the fire and cleanup of the crash. The southbound lanes were shut down for about 30 minutes for extinguishing the flames and removal of fire equipment.

Assisting at the scene were the Frankfort Fire Department and Clinton County EMS.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Kim Riley
Phone: 765-567-2125
Email: kriley@isp.in.gov
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