Cleanup begins after debris damages dozens of cars on interstate

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 12, 2016) – Dozens of Hoosiers are fixing flat tires after the back door of semi carrying shredded scrap metal opened dumping debris on the highway.  Indiana State Police estimate between 40 and 50 drivers got flat tires.

"As I was going past him I mean (debris) was just piling out and metal and sparks were flying everywhere," JR Newkirk said.
Newkirk and his wife were behind the truck on their way to work. After realizing what was happening, the couple tried to get the driver of the semi to pull over.

"She was literally hanging out the window yelling, ‘Hey! Hey! Hey!' and it probably took 20 to 30 seconds to get his attention," Newkirk said.

The driver finally pulled off I-465 at the Washington Street exit. Troopers found the driver and cited him for failing to secure a load.

State Police believe debris started falling out of the semi when he was exiting I-70 westbound onto the ramp to I-465 North. Crews closed down that ramp for 90 minutes during the morning commute to clean debris.

“He definitely left a mess," Newkirk said.

Patterson Trucking owned the semi and that company or whoever loaded the cargo will be responsible for all the damages, according to State Police.

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