Officer Steven Douglas
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Non-injury Traffic Crash in Whitley County
Date of News Release: 02/11/2009
(London, KY) - On Wednesday, February 11, 2009 the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 received a request, from the Whitley County 911 Center, for a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer in reference to a traffic crash on I-75 at the 17 mile marker.
Upon arrival CVE Officer Mike McQueen determined that a 2005 Freightliner tractor/trailer, driven by Ottis C. Donaldson, 62, of Warsaw Indiana, was southbound on I-75 when it caught fire.
Donaldson pulled to the side of the roadway and attempted, unsuccessfully, to put out the fire.
The truck was transporting scrap aluminum, which also caught fire.
The truck/trailer and load are a total loss.
The southbound lanes of I-75 are closed due to the fire and will remain closed until the scene is cleaned-up (approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.)
Officer McQueen is the lead investigator and is assisted at the scene by Officers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Whitley County Sheriff's Office, the Whitley County EMS, Department of Emergency Management, State Fire Marshall's Office, ECO Tech clean-up and the following fire departments: Williamsburg, Woodbine, Oak Grove, Three-Point and Emlym.