INDIANAPOLIS - Emergency crews rescued two people from a semi truck that became engulfed in flames on Interstate 465 Friday afternoon.
The truck was in the southbound lanes of I-465 near the 56th Street exit just before 1 p.m.
Officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said the 52-year-old driver told them he sneezed and reached down for a tissue. He said when his eyes left the road, the semi veered into a retaining wall and split the fuel tanks open.
IFD said a 50-foot trail of fuel caught fire as the truck lost control. The cab then burst into flames while the driver and his ex-wife were inside.
Two on-duty EMTs were behind the truck and witnessed the crash. They broke the driver’s side window, unlocked the door and pulled the driver to safety. They then helped his ex-wife who said she was asleep in the sleeping compartment.
The woman was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in good condition and the driver was not injured, officials said.
The southbound lanes of I-465 were closed while crews worked to put out the fire. The fire was under control in approximately 15 minutes, IFD said.
Once the fire was under control, crews tended to the spill of diesel fuel that leaked into Fall Creek after the crash. Hazardous material crews were called in to help with the cleanup. The process took more than an hour to complete.
The incident was turned over to the Marion County Health Department and Indiana State Police.