ISP: Semi Dangles Over Toll Road As Cab Falls Onto Railroad Tracks Below

Dec 31, 2019

Toll Road, Elkhart County
Credit Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police responded to a Toll Road crash in Elkhart County on New Year's Eve morning that left a semi dangling after the cab of the truck fell onto railroad tracks below.

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Elkhart County-The driver of a semi is lucky to have received only non-life-threatening injuries after a crash sent the semi cab he was in down a steep embankment and onto the railroad tracks below.

This morning around 5:30 a.m. Indiana State Troopers responded to a crash on the Indiana Toll Road at the 102 mile marker, westbound.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Adam Kitson indicates that a white 2013 Freightliner towing double trailers was westbound when it lost control near the 102 mile marker. The Freightliner left the roadway to the left, crashing through a guardrail and striking a concrete barrier wall. The cab of the Freightliner broke free from the double trailers, travelled down the steep embankment, coming to rest on the passenger side on the railroad tracks below. The trailers slid down the concrete barrier wall and came to a rest hanging on the edge of the overpass.

Semi cab after removal from railroad tracks below Toll Road in Elkhart County
Credit Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police

The driver of the Freightliner, Jesus Zeigler, 40, of Richton Park, IL, was able to get out of the semi by climbing out of the windshield. Zeigler was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash which likely saved him from serious injuries. Zeigler was transported to Elkhart General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.