Today, here in Indianapolis, on the northeast side, we had a horrible accident that involved a tanker truck hauling about 1500 gallons of propane. The truck, was coming around a corner on a ramp from I-69 to I-465 South, and I guess was going too fast and didn’t make the turn, turning over and then bursting into flames under the bridge.
From the news agency at WIBC here in Indy, is this report:
Five people are injured and the congested highways on Indy’s northside are closed indefinitely after a tanker crash rocked the area with fireballs and explosions.
Authorities aren’t sure why, but a liquid propane tanker from PTI Trucking missed the curve on the ramp from I-69 to 465. The crash enveloped the I-465 overpass in 150-foot columns of fire on either side.
The trucker is at Methodist with head and facial injuries — authorities say they’re not life-threatening. The driver right behind the tanker has been hospitalized with second-degree burns. Three other drivers were treated for minor injuries at the scene after getting caught in the fireball.
“I saw a big white puff of smoke in the center of the highway, and then a wall of fire came up and you started hearing the explosions,” says Michelle Rice of Indianapolis, who was treated for a minor burn from the heat.
Now here is the part that I named this post after. The men that ran to the driver’s defense to get him out of the truck.
Construction worker Lonnie Hood was part of a work crew at the Columns of Castleton apartment complex adjoining the highway. He and a Carmel police officer (this accident didn’t happen in Carmel, but in Castleton/Fishers, which is a subdivision of Indy,) pulled the trucker clear of the wreckage.
“When I saw there was a guy trying to get out, the first thing I thought was to just get him out of there,” Hood says. “I heard everybody telling me to get away from the truck, it’s going to blow up, but I just kept trying to get him out of there.”
Now these two men, Lonnie Hood and the Carmel Policeman, Mr. Skaggs, were and are Real American heroes. Lonnie Hood was working. He didn’t have to do what he did. And the Carmel Policeman, whose name they didn’t give but I got from a comment from Lonnie’s fiancee, also was going somewhere…. and didn’t have to stop, though, with his training he would no matter what. But these two men, pulled the driver out of a truck that was about to explode, putting their lives on the line to save another man’s life. NOW to me, that is a real hero. So my hat comes off in salute to these two brave men for helping, when the time came to sacrifice. Thank God no one was killed in this bad accident.
God Bless America, her troops and her people
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