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Tanker truck explodes on Toll Road; Westbound lanes closed

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A semi-tractor tanker hauling salt caught fire on Tuesday, seriously injuring its driver, after a three-truck accident on the Indiana Toll Road, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:55 a.m. Dave A. Donervse, 32, of Paw Paw, Mich., was westbound in the right lane of the Toll Road, hauling a tanker, when just east of the I-80/94/Ripley Street exit he rear-ended a second semi slowing for traffic.

Donervse lost control of his 2009 Kenworth, which veered left--jettisoning debris which struck a third semi as Donervse passed it--and struck a guard rail and concrete median barrier. Donervse’s cab then caught fire, although two Good Samaritans at the scene succeeded in pulling him to safety, police said.

The driver of the second semi--hauling double trailers--was James E. Filbert, 61, of Boardman, Ohio, who was treated for a minor injury at the scene, police said. The driver of the third semi was Edward W. Bohnke, 52, of New Haven, Ind., who escaped uninjured. Neither Filbert’s trailer nor Bohnke’s lost load.

Donervse was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with serious injuries, police said. His tanker, loaded with salt, was owned by Rose Cartage Services of Lansing, Ill. There was no loss of load.

Westbound traffic was closed until approximately 1:30 p.m.



Posted 10/22/2013