Driver “messing with his radio” crashes semi

Photo which shows the destroyed semi courtesy the Indiana State Police.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) A semi carrying hazardous materials burst into flames early Wednesday after it hit an abandoned car on the shoulder of I-65 in Indianapolis. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for about two-and-a-half hours while emergency crews and a HAZMAT team put the fire out and cleaned up the scene.

According to Indiana State Police, the driver of the semi, David Gruendler, 35, of Fort Wayne, told investigators he was “messing with the radio” when he drifted off the road and hit the abandoned car. His trailer was hauling 17,000 pounds of potassium hydroxide, a corrosive material. Gruendler was not injured in the crash.

Traffic had to be diverted off of I-65 at 38th Street and the Indiana Department of Health was called in to help with the clean-up.

The news release issued by Indiana State Police did not indicate if Gruendler was ticketed.

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