Driver seriously injured after load shifts and semi-tractor trailer rolls

ROLAND — A driver was seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon when his load shifted, causing the semi-tractor trailer he was driving to roll. Emergency personnel responded to the Singing Hill area of U.S. 150 at about 4:36 p.m. Wednesday, just north of Roland, for the report of a semi-tractor trailer on its side blocking the roadway. Preliminary investigation reveals that the 2016 Peterbilt semi pulling a box trailer loaded with skids of bricks, was traveling south on U.S. 150. The skids of bricks were not secured inside of the trailer. As the semi traveled around the curves on U.S. 150 the load shifted which caused the semi-tractor trailer roll onto its driver’s side and come to rest blocking both lanes of the roadway. 

The driver, Jeffrey M. Laine, 56, Louisville, Kentucky, was transported from the scene by IU Health Ambulance Service. He was then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are unknown at this time. U.S. 150 was closed for four hours while Storks Service Center of Jasper up righted the semi and cleared the debris from the road. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is investigating the crash and conducting a post-crash inspection. The investigation is continuing and at the time of this release no charges or citations have been filed. The semi-tractor is owned by NRW, Inc from Louisville, and was being operated by Tom Wantye Trucking LLC, Mt. Washington, Kentucky. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Orange and Martin County Sheriff’s Departments, Lost River Fire, Shoals Fire, Orange County Rural District 1 Fire, IU Health and Martin County Alert 1 Ambulance.