March 31, 2020

DATE: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
SUBJECT: Semi-truck Leaves I-69 Crashing into Two Homes
CONTACT: Col. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

On Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8:32 PM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 7600 Block of Pendleton Avenue off Fuquay Road in reference to an accident with injuries. A 911 caller reported that a semi-truck pulling an empty trailer had driven off I-69 and struck two houses in a subdivision.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located the driver of the semi-truck. The driver explained that he had been traveling southbound on I-69 when he believed he experienced a mechanical issue. He heard a noise and shortly after the semi-truck began veering to the right and struck a guardrail. The semi-truck then struck a concrete barrier then traveled down an embankment into a nearby backyard. The driver was able to maneuver the semi-truck in between two homes, coming to a stop after becoming wedged in between the houses.

Both houses had major damage from the accident. The residents in both homes were uninjured. The driver of the semi-truck sustained only minor injuries and refused any medical treatment.

I-69 near Covert Avenue was shut down for a little over an hour while crews removed the semi and the trailer.

This crash is still being investigated, but alcohol or narcotics are not believed to have been a factor.