ELKHART — The driver of a semi received non-life-threatening injuries after a crash sent the semi cab he was in down a steep embankment and onto the railroad tracks below.
Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Indiana State Troopers responded to a crash on the Indiana Toll Road at the 102 mile marker, westbound.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Adam Kitson shows that a white 2013 Freightliner towing double trailers was traveling west when it lost control near the 102 mile marker. The Freightliner left the roadway to the left, crashing through a guardrail and striking a concrete barrier wall. The cab of the Freightliner broke free from the double trailers and traveled down the steep embankment, coming to rest on the passenger side on the railroad tracks below. The trailers slid down the concrete barrier wall and came to a rest hanging on the edge of the overpass.
The driver of the Freightliner, Jesus Zeigler, 40, Richter Park, Ill., was able to get out of the semi by climbing out of the windshield. Zeigler was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash which likely saved him from serious injuries. Zeigler was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by ITRCC Maintenance, Millers Towing, Bristol Fire and EMS, and SunPro.