Suspected hydroplaning car leaves semi submerged in river

A truck driver is lucky to have survived a crash that left his truck partially submerged in an Indiana river over the weekend.

The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in Decatur County, Indiana, according to a news release from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say that a semi truck and a black car were both traveling on I-74 near mile marker 127 when the car is believed to have hydroplaned. The car then crashed into the semi truck, causing it to leave the interstate and to plummet into the Flatrock River below.

Rescue crews were able to retrieve the semi truck driver. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Both occupants of the car were also taken to the hospital.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including Decatur County Communications, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Greensburg Police Department, Decatur County EMS, Greensburg Fire, St. Paul Fire, St. Paul Police, Shelby County EMS, Shelby County Swift Water Rescue, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, and the Decatur County EMA & IDEM.

Westbound I-74 was partially shut down for hours while crews worked to rescue the truck driver and remove the truck from the river.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office asks all drivers “if traveling the interstate, use caution and yield to emergency vehicles.”

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