Drivers walk away uninjured after crash involving semi on US 52

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office says the stretch of US 52 near 900 south in Tippecanoe County can be dangerous.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 6:23 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —It was a close call for the person involved in that crash this morning.

Lieutenant Brian Lowe with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said unfortunately, these kinds of crashes on that stretch of US 52 aren't uncommon.

"We've had several accidents here. It's not the first semi crash that I've had at this intersection,” said Lowe.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the intersection of 900 South and US Highway 52 in Tippecanoe County.

When they arrived they found a car underneath a semi-truck.

“The semi thought he could get across the intersection,” said Lt. Lowe. “But the vehicle came too fast. The vehicle tried to stop but couldn't do so."

According to Lieutenant Lowe the semi was trying to make a left turn off of 900 south onto US 52 going southbound and failed to yield to the oncoming car going north. Causing the car to slide underneath the semi.

"This one we are lucky,” said Lowe. “That the driver was able to see it coming quick enough to apply his brakes."

The rain earlier Monday morning caused the roads to be slick. 

"It is common. It's an angled road,” said Lowe. “So there's a lot of semi traffic from 900 South."

In the past five years there have been 58 total crashes at the intersection. Out of that number 40 have been personal injury crashes and 18 have been property damage crashes.

The driver inside the vehicle that was hit by the semi wanted to remain anonymous. Although he said the semi driver pulled out in front of him.

"I went into the left lane to give him some space to pull out,” said the driver. “Next thing I know he had jetted across all of the lanes."

He said he's extremely grateful that he came out of the situation alive.

"I, oh my goodness, I mean I easily could have gotten crushed,” said driver. “If I would have just get kept cruising without noticing that would have been probably fatal.”

Lt. Brian Lowe said it would be up to the State Department of Transportation to put a traffic signal at the intersection.

He said the truck driver was not cited.

Since he was at fault, his company will be responsible for all damages.

Previous story below:

Both southbound lanes of US 52 South at County Road 900 South are back open after a crash.

According to Lieutenant Brian Lowe with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, a semi was making a left turn off of 900 south onto US Highway 52 going southbound and failed to yield to the oncoming car going north on 52. Due to the roads being slick from the rain, the car slid crashing underneath the truck.

No injuries have been reported.

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