Police: Driver distracted by cell phone hit INDOT truck

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. - A 25-year-old Kentucky man crashed into an INDOT vehicle today after becoming distracted by his cell phone, police said.

Demetrius D. Arthur, 25, of Louisville, Ky., was traveling westbound on I-64 near mile marker 87 when police say his cell phone rang. As he reached for the phone, police say Arthur didn't see a stationary INDOT vehicle in the driving lane.

The INDOT vehicle had a 20-foot crash attenuator with an active arrow board, but was unattended at the time of the crash, police said.

Arthur's vehicle collided with the crash attenuator, coming to rest 85 feet away along a guardrail.

Arthur complained of pain in his right arm and was transported to Harrison County Hospital. His vehicle was deemed a total loss.

INDOT officials estimated damage to their trailer and truck to be nearly $30,000.

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