Indiana Construction Zone Tractor Trailer Accident Injures Ten

Ten people were injured in a construction zone accident on Interstate 70 in Vigo County, Indiana, on June 13 involving eight tractor trailers.

The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports that the accident occurred around 6:45 p.m. when a 1999 Western Star tractor pulling a dump trailer loaded with scrap metal stopped suddenly in eastbound traffic that had slowed through the work area.

Indiana State Police told the news agency that the Western Star vehicle was then hit from behind by a box trailer hauling dry goods, causing a chain reaction involving six other cargo vehicles, including a 2007 Kenworth big rig and a Freightliner tractor trailer.

In all, 10 people were treated for injures, including four people who were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Officials said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Western Star truck, 45-year-old Leslie Kramer of Illinois, was not injured in the collision.

One lane of the highway was closed for more than six hours for emergency crews to clear the wreckage and debris caused by the crash.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reports that 82 people died in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in Indiana in 2009.

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