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Amber Alert

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Toll Road crash sparks beer-truck fire

A tractor-trailer rig hauling beer apparently hit a highway maintenance truck on the Indiana Toll Road on Wednesday morning, sparking a fire and traffic snarl that took an hour and 15 minutes to clear up. Orland Community Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and rescue units were called to the crash scene at the 136-mile marker shortly after 9 a.m.

Safety crews found the front of the rig engulfed in flames and the trailer full of beer beginning to burn.

The highway truck had a barrier device that cushioned the impact, according to a written statement from the fire department.

No serious injuries were reported, although one driver was taken to a Steuben County hospital.

Orland Fire and Rescue units have responded to three serious or fatal accidents in the last few months within a few hundred yards of Wednesday’s accident, according to the statement.

The Indiana State Police and Toll Road maintenance units assisted at the scene of Wednesday’s crash.Source