JASPER COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana state trooper was hospitalized after her vehicle was struck on Interstate 65 as she and other troopers were assisting with a previous, unrelated crash.
The incident occurred while Indiana State Troopers were investigating a crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 at approximately 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26. The troopers were assisting a towing service with the removal of a semi-truck that had been involved in an earlier crash.
Two troopers, whose cruisers’ emergency lights were activated, were blocking the right lane. A tanker truck driven by Jonathan W. Hanely, 33, of Remington, Indiana, sideswiped one of the vehicles. Indiana State Trooper Jordin Bilthuis was sitting in the vehicle with her seatbelt buckled.
Hanley was cited for failure to yield to a stationary emergency vehicle. An inspection of the tanker truck — operated by Hydro EXC Inc. of Griffith, Indiana — found several violations, two of which were out-of-service violations.
Bilthuis was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
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