Tree falls on Interstate 70 in western Indiana, causing fatal crash

Man killed; Others escape injury

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. - A man was killed Thursday evening when his tractor-trailer slammed into a tree that had fallen onto Interstate 70 in western Indiana.

The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-70 in Clay County at mile marker 24.

Indiana State Police said the tree was up to 70 feet long and about three to four feet in diameter and that the driver of the tractor-trailer, Robert Reedy, 53, of Brazil, could not stop in time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"(The tractor-trailer) traveled off the west edge of the roadway into a watery ditch," said ISP Sgt. Joe Watts.

Three other tractor-trailers and a car also hit the tree, but those drivers escaped injury.

Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for nearly four hours so the tree and debris could be cleaned up.

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