On May 22, 2016, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Margaret Ryan, 22, was traveling eastbound on I-70, in stop and go traffic, when her Audi SUV was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The impact pushed the SUV underneath the back of a second semi.
Ms. Ryan was fatally injured in the crash. Her passenger, Christine Yip, 25, was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
The truck driver was not injured. He was cited for driving too fast to avoid a collision. The crash is under investigation by the Indiana State Police.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.