JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (March 9, 2016) — A driver died and Interstate I-65 southbound near Whiteland was closed Wednesday morning after a semi truck crashed and caught fire.
The incident happened near mile marker 93 around 6:15 a.m. Photos and video from the scene showed the truck on fire. Video sent from a viewer also showed an explosion.
According to Indiana State Police, a Good Samaritan saw the crash and pulled the driver from the wreckage. The driver, later identified as Tyrone McKenney, 53, of Quinby, South Carolina, went to Johnson Memorial Hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries, police said. State police won’t identify the driver until his family has been notified.
Police said Bryan Corns, 56, Crown Point, tried to help McKenney after seeing the crash. He told police that he “just couldn’t drive by without stopping to help.”
“When I got to the cab of the truck the trailer was blazing, it was burning me, but I knew I had to get him out,” Corns told police.
Corns battled flames and smoke as he pulled the driver free from the wreckage.
State police said the truck went off the interstate, hit a guardrail and then struck a tree before catching fire. The fire then spread to the grass and trees, closing the interstate for about 90 minutes. The truck was hauling liquid protein in plastic containers, police said.
All southbound lanes were opened around 2:15 this afternoon and the wreckage has been removed from the scene.