JASPER COUNTY | A DeMotte man was airlifted Wednesday evening from Interstate 65 after apparently losing control of his vehicle, which struck two semitrailer trucks.
Nathan Ruddach, 20, of DeMotte, was airlifted to Christ Advocate Hospital in Illinois with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Indiana State Police.
Trooper Corey Dupuy, who investigated the crash, said "If Ruddach had not been wearing his seat belt he may have been ejected from his vehicle. Luckily, for everyone because he was using his seat belt his injuries were much less than they could have been."
At about 5:50 p.m., a 1994 Kenworth semitrailer truck, pulling an empty grain box trailer, and driven by Anthony Orndorff, 29, of Hammond, was northbound on I-65, 4 miles south of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit. The truck was in the left lane passing slower traffic when a 2002 Honda CRV driven by Ruddach, and traveling behind Orndorff, moved to the right lane to pass the truck.
According to state police, Ruddach then apparently cut over too soon and the left rear side of his vehicle hit the front corner of the Kenworth. Police said this caused the CRV to fishtail, resulting in the driver over correcting and losing control. As the vehicle spun out, it hit the Kenworth's trailer. The CRV then started to roll and hit a 2014 Volvo semitrailer, driven by David Simon, 53, of Stanton, Mich. The Volvo's trailer contained produce, but noting was lost in the crash. Neither of the truck drivers were hurt.
I-65 northbound was closed intermittently for airlifting of the injured man, removal of the CRV, investigation of the crash, and clean up of the roadway. It was completely reopened at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday.