Entrapped Trucker Perishes in Crash Involving Three Tractor-Trailers
Henry County, IN – A trucker who became entrapped today in a crash involving three tractor-trailers has perished.
According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), the accident occurred on Friday along Interstate 70 near the 124 mile-marker.
A preliminary investigation revealed a 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Radenko Dzamic, 68, of Lyons, Illinois, was traveling westbound in the right lane when he failed to stop and struck the rear of a 2018 Freightliner big rig driven by Ghoitom Hagos, 47, of Columbus, Ohio.
ISP indicated traffic in the area was moving slowly at the time due to a construction zone.
The impact caused the second rig to strike the rear of a 2022 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Charles Williams, 64, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
When emergency personnel arrived to the scene they found Dzamic unresponsive and entrapped in his vehicle, ISP reported.
A small fire ignited underneath the semi as officers worked quickly to extricate Dzamic.
Fortunately, officers were able to extinguish the flames before the fire could spread to the cabin and reach the driver.
However, ISP said that due to the vehicle damage, officers were unable to swiftly remove Dzamic.
He was later pronounced deceased by the Henry County Coroner.
This is not the first time Dzamic has been involved in a similar accident.
In 2009, he was injured when the rig he was operating struck another tractor-trailer which was stopped at a toll booth on the Ohio Turnpike, according to a report by the Salisbury Post.
Dzamic was pulling three FedEx trailers at the time and was subsequently charged with failing to maintain assured clear distance.
As for today’s fatal accident, truckers Hagos and Williams were both transported to a local hospital for a blood draw, which is required under Indiana law from all drivers involved in a serious bodily injury or fatal crash.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected of being a contributing factor at this time, ISP indicated.
Investigators have not yet indicated what is believed to have contributed to Dzamic’s failure to slow.
Both westbound lanes of I-70 were shut down for more than four hours for vehicle removal and scene processing.
All lanes have now been re-opened.