Driver Escapes Injury After Driving Under Semi Trailer

HUNTINGTON COUNTY – The Indiana State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash early this afternoon on I-69, north of the Markle exit, in which a man from New Haven was fortunate to not have sustained any serious injuries after his vehicle drove under a moving semi-trailer.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Kurt Jack indicated at approximately 12:10 p.m., a 1989 Ford Mustang, driven by 40-year-old Ryan R. Lawson of New Haven was traveling northbound in the passing lane, near the 287-mile marker.  As Lawson was driving up alongside a 2017 Volvo semi-tractor trailer combination, he purportedly lost control of his vehicle and traveled under the trailer.

The driver of the Volvo, 59-year-old Ivan Stovbun of Montreal, Canada did not immediately realize the crash had occurred and traveled for another one-half mile with the Mustang wedged under his trailer before stopping in the driving lane.

Lawson was able to get himself out of his car and refused medical treatment.  Stovbun was not injured.  The crash is being attributed to mechanical failure on the part of the Mustang.  Traffic on I-69 was at a standstill for about thirty minutes until the passing lane was opened to allow traffic to move.

Jack was assisted at the scene by the Huntington County Sheriff Department, Parkview Huntington EMS, Markle Fire Department, and A Plus Towing.