Trucking Company Agrees to $1.3 MILLION Damages Settlement in Bridge Strike Crash
Indianapolis, IN – An Indiana-based trucking company has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement following a 2017 crash that caused significant damage to an overpass along Interstate 465.
According to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Twins Trucking LLC and Twins Crushing LLC have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed after investigators cited the companies with eleven different violations following a January 10, 2017, crash.
The crash occurred at approximately 9 a.m. as Twins Trucking driver, Brian Cheek, was operating northbound along I-465.
Cheek was hauling a mobile car crusher when the hydraulic arm activated and extended upward.
It struck the overpass support beams of the Rockville Road bridge causing significant damage, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
— IMPD (@IMPDnews) January 10, 2017
Concrete debris chunks reigned down and struck five vehicles, investigators said following the crash.
— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) January 10, 2017
Thankfully, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
Indiana State Police (ISP) conducted an inspection of the truck and issued 11 different violations to Twins Trucking, including failure to prevent cargo shifting.
A.G. Hill later filed a lawsuit in Marion County Superior Court against Twins Trucking and Twins Crushing, along with OmniSource Transport LLC and OmniSource Corp., which owned the crusher.
Trial was set for August of this year until the settlement was reached this week.
In announcing the settlement agreement, A.G. Hill said, “It is important that Indiana taxpayers not be responsible for damages caused to public highways due to the negligent actions of others. This settlement is a solid resolution that assists in making the State of Indiana whole while illustrating that those who commit negligent acts will be held accountable for their actions.”
The settlement accounts for more than 90% of the total damages incurred as a result of the accident.
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