A semi-trailer load
of child car seats was incinerated following a two-vehicle accident early
this morning on I-65 near the Fair Oaks exit, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 2:05 a.m. Brandon Lee Joseph, 32, of Rensselaer, was northbound
on I-65, five miles north of Fair Oaks, when for an unknown reason he
rear-ended the trailer of a semi being driven by John Flores, 42, of Hickory
Joseph’s 2014 Dodge
Avenger became lodged under the trailer and as Flores pulled over to the
side of the roadway, the Avenger was dragged behind, police said.
The Dodge then
ignited, starting the trailer loaded with car seats on fire. Joseph was able
to exit his car before it became fully engulfed, while Flores succeeded in
disconnecting his tractor from the trailer. But the trailer and its load of
car seats, en route to the Toys R Us in Joliet, Ill., were destroyed, as was
Joseph’s Avenger, police said.
transported to Rensselaer Hospital with non-life threatening injuries,
police said. Flores--driving for J.B. Hunt Transport of Lowell,
I-65 was closed for
90 minutes, police said.