Trucker Suspected Of Falling Asleep Before Fatally Striking Roadside Repairman
Lizton, Indiana – A fatigued semi-driver is suspected to be the cause of why a tractor-trailer struck a disabled box truck resulting in the death of roadside repairman on Wednesday, May 8, along I-74.
According to a release from Indiana State Police (ISP), 20-year-old roadside repairman, Clinton Simmons, of Lebanon, died on the scene from injuries sustained when a big rig barreled into a disabled box truck Mr. Simmons had just completed repairing.
ISP said the crash happened along I-74 eastbound near SR 39 in Hendricks County just after 5:00 p.m.
Investigators believe a box truck had gotten a flat tire and became disabled on the right shoulder, out of the roadway.
Mr. Simmons was called to assist in repairing the box truck.
According to ISP, Mr. Simmons parked his repair truck in front of the disabled box truck.
After completing the repair, and as he was putting his tools back into his truck, an eastbound semi tractor-trailer, driven by Steven Sanchez of Indianapolis, veered onto the shoulder and struck the back of the parked box truck, police said.
The chain reaction crash then pushed the box truck into the repair truck fatally striking Mr. Simmons, according to investigators.
Emergency responders found Mr. Simmons unconscious and performed CPR, but were unable to save his life.
Sanchez suffered injuries and was reportedly trapped inside his vehicle. Crews worked to extricate him.
A medical helicopter responded to the scene and transported Sanchez to a hospital in Indianapolis. His condition is unknown at this time.
The box truck driver reported no injuries.
ISP troopers believe Sanchez may have fallen asleep prior to leaving the roadway and striking the box truck.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, but investigators are awaiting toxicology results.
ISP said no arrests or criminal charges have been filed at this time, but their investigation is ongoing.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor this story and update this article with any new developments.
(Images courtesy of ISP)