Putnam County—This afternoon (Friday) around 2:30pm, Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a commercial vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 32 mile marker. Preliminary investigation reveals a blue 2012 Kenworth tractor, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with sheets of steel and driven by 26-year-old Jose Covarrubias of San Antonio, Texas, was eastbound on I- 70 near the 32mm. For an unknown reason, the tractor-trailer veered into the median, traveled over an embankment and down onto Putnam County road 600 West. The semi then traveled across CR 600W and struck an earthen embankment on the east side of the county road. Covarrubias was extricated from the tractor by members of the Reelsville Fire/Rescue after nearly 50 minutes. Covarrubias was treated and stabilized at the scene by paramedics from Putnam County Operation Life and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by IU Health air ambulance for treatment of suspected serious head and internal injuries. The semi was owned by Boyd Brothers Transportation of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Brandon Mullen. Assisting were several troopers from the Putnamville Post and the ISP Commercial Vehicle Section, Cloverdale PD, Reelsville Fire/Rescue, Putnam County Operation Life, and Curtis Wrecker Service.