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
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.