(WHAS11) - A vicious tractor trailer crash westbound on I-64 around 1:17 Wednesday morning took the life of one man and sent another to University Hospital.
Parts of the truck were ripped off and debris could be found in every direction after a FedEx truck rammed into a bridge overpass embankment at mile marker 96, just inside the Crawford County border.
“If you can imagine hitting a concrete wall at 65 MPH what that does to a vehicle,” said Indiana State Police Sergeant Chad Dick.
The tractor was mangled, the trailer split and James Loper, 51, of Bowling Green, KY. was pronounced dead at the scene.
Eddie Goodine, 36, of Cleveland, TN. was flown to University Hospital. Police say he was responsive when they arrived and remains in stable condition.
Police also say the two men were both inside the FedEx truck traveling from West Virginia to Oklahoma and transporting plastic pellets. Police are not sure who was driving the truck at the time of the crash because both people were not in their seats when emergency crews arrived.
While road crews were cleaning most of the mess, the entire westbound lane on I-64 between the Corydon and Leavenworth exits were closed for more than five hours. The overpass and Wyandotte Cave Road, where the truck crashed, was also closed for several hours until the bridge inspector could verify it was safe for traffic to cross.
“A lot of people think that tractor trailers are exempt from being damaged as heavily as this one is,” said Sgt. Dick. “This right here is evidence that you hit a solid object at a high speed and there’s going to be some very bad damage to your vehicle.”
Police don’t know why the crash happened. But they say there are no brake marks on the ground at the scene of the accident, leading them to believe the drive might have fallen asleep or had some type medical problem.
Witnesses tell WHAS11 that Goodine was asleep at the time of the crash and Loper was driving the truck.