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ISP Man escapes fire after rearending semi

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A semi-trailer load of child car seats was incinerated following a two-vehicle accident early this morning on I-65 near the Fair Oaks exit, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 2:05 a.m. Brandon Lee Joseph, 32, of Rensselaer, was northbound on I-65, five miles north of Fair Oaks, when for an unknown reason he rear-ended the trailer of a semi being driven by John Flores, 42, of Hickory Hills, Ill.

Joseph’s 2014 Dodge Avenger became lodged under the trailer and as Flores pulled over to the side of the roadway, the Avenger was dragged behind, police said.

The Dodge then ignited, starting the trailer loaded with car seats on fire. Joseph was able to exit his car before it became fully engulfed, while Flores succeeded in disconnecting his tractor from the trailer. But the trailer and its load of car seats, en route to the Toys R Us in Joliet, Ill., were destroyed, as was Joseph’s Avenger, police said.

Joseph was transported to Rensselaer Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Flores--driving for J.B. Hunt Transport of Lowell, Ark.--escaped injury.

I-65 was closed for 90 minutes, police said.


Posted 6/27/2014