An Austin truck driver, trapped in his overturned semi on I-65 for about two hours Thursday morning, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after emergency workers extricated him.
Tracy Ogden, 43, of Austin had injuries to his lower extremities and a laceration to his head, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Ogden was driving a tractor-trailer hauling milk when the vehicle overturned at 4:25 a.m. near the 39-mile marker south of Uniontown, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Meyer.
The Crothersville-Vernon VFD and Seymour Fire Department worked for about two hours to free the driver, who was conscious and alert. Meyer reported 31 Wrecker was used to hold up the cab while Ogden was being freed. Another tanker truck had to be brought in to transfer the milk from the overturned tanker before the wrecked truck could be up-righted.
The southbound lane of I-65 was closed for about two hours and both north and southbound lanes were down to one lane for several hours prompting interstate traffic to detour through Crothersville.
Also assisting at the scene were officers from the Crothersville and Seymour Police Departments.