I-90 Semi Truck pile up crash; 1 fatality

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

January 15, 2009. A 2007 Kenworth, owned by Melton Truck Lines out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, driven by Leroy T. Millner Jr., 45 of Seaford, Virginia, was carrying a load of approximately 30,000 pounds in steel bars, and was westbound on I-90 at the 29.6 mile marker in the right lane when it moved to the outer shoulder due to traffic slowing/stopping traffic up ahead.

The truck was stopping when a 2002 International, owned by Kohel Interstate Transportation out of Marion, Wisconsin and driven by Todd Stoehr, 47 of Clintonville, Wisconsin, hit it in the rear causing the Kenworth to jack-knife and go into the ditch on the north side of the road. This caused the steel bars to break free and land in the north ditch.

At the same time, a 1996 Kenworth, owned by ECBM Inc. out of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and driven by Robert W. Lambrix, 34 of Carleton, Maine, was in the left lane when it was hit in the passenger side by the by the International as it bounced off the first truck.

A 2007 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Lawrence E. Pratt, 69 of Granger, Indiana, was in the right lane when it hit the rear of the the International's trailer. Pratt was taken to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso with complaint of pain to his chest. The passenger in the Impala, Paul Shrewsbury, 70, of Elkhart, Indiana was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head.

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