By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The left front tire on an eastbound MAC truck loaded with hot asphalt blew in the 7000 block of East SR 44 shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle crossed the centerline and traveled nearly 100 yards before leaving the north side of the state road and entering a side ditch. The truck then rolled multiple times, spilling its load of 400 degree asphalt and flattening nearly 40 yards of corn before coming to rest on the driver’s side.
According to investigating officer deputy Steve Houston, the driver, Joey Keller, 52, of Shelbyville, was not ejected from the rolling vehicle and was properly secured with a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
“I heard a loud noise and then saw a cloud of dust. I knew then it wasn’t something good,” Glenwood resident and EMT Greg Riggs, who was working nearly a half mile away from the accident scene, said.
Keller told personnel at the scene that he heard a loud pop and then was unable to regain control of his vehicle. When responders arrived, the Shelbyville man was outside the vehicle.
Following treatment at the scene for unspecified injuries he was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital.
SR 44 was reduced to a single lane for nearly an hour.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 965.932.2222 x106