A 30-year-old Lebanon man was killed Wednesday evening while doing a roadside repair of a truck near the Interstate 74 and Indiana 39 exit in Hendricks County. Clinton Simmons was killed when an eastbound semi drifted off the road.
Simmons was called out to repair a box truck that had a flat tire. He parked his truck in front of the broken down vehicle. He had completed the repair and was putting his tools in his truck when a semi, driven by Steven Sanchez of Indianapolis, drifted into the box truck causing a chain reaction that pushed the parked box truck into the repair truck and Simmons.
He was declared dead at the scene after attempts to revive him failed.
Sanchez was trapped in the cab of his semi. When he was rescued, he was taken to St. Vincent Hospital by helicopter. The driver of the box truck was in his vehicle and not injured.
Indiana State troopers say Sanchez might have fallen asleep. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor but a blood draw was administered as standard protocol with all fatal crashes.
Gus Pearcy writes for The Lebanon Reporter. Reach him at email@example.com.