Trucker Fatally Struck By Two Big Rigs Along Indiana Interstate
Morgan County, IN – A trucker was killed early Thursday morning after being struck by passing big rigs along an Indiana interstate.
Indiana State Police (ISP) investigators say the crash occurred near mile marker 52 along eastbound Interstate 70 and involved three tractor-trailers.
A preliminary investigation revealed that 37-year-old trucker Alfred Hill Jr., of Houston, TX, was placing emergency triangles near his disabled 2001 Mack semi tractor-trailer at approximately 12:05 a.m. when, “at the last second,” Amer Al Fatlawi, 39, of Lincoln, NE, operating a 1996 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, noticed him.
ISP reported Al Fatlawi was traveling eastbound in the driving lane when he observed Hill and his disabled rig “partially in the roadway with no lighting.”
Investigators said Al Fatlawi attempted to avoid hitting Hill by moving into the passing lane.
However, a 2021 Volvo Semi tractor-trailer driven by Christopher M. Lyles, 39, of Griffin, GA, was traveling in the passing lane and was unable to avoid a collision with Al Fatlawi’s rig.
This collision forced both big rigs into the south side of I-70, striking Hill and the disabled semi.
All three tractor-trailers eventually ended up in the ditch, ISP said.
Hill was sadly pronounced dead on the scene while Al Fatlawi was airlifted to a nearby hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
Lyles was uninjured.
ISP does not believe drugs and alcohol were a contributing factor.
The deadly crash remains under investigation.