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Man drives under semi on I-69

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com

HUNTINGTON COUNTY — A New Haven man narrowly escaped serious injuries Sunday afternoon when his car drove under a moving semi-truck, according to Indiana State Police.

Ryan Lawson, 40, was traveling northbound on Interstate 69 in a passing lane north of the Markle exit in a 1989 Ford Mustang when he reportedly lost control and went under a 2017 Volvo semi-tractor trailer, state police said.

The semi continued driving for half a mile before the driver, Ivan Stovburn of Montreal, Canada realized Lawson was wedged under his trailer and stopped in the driving lane.

Police said Lawson was able to get himself out of the Mustang and refused medical treatment.

ISP said the accident was likely caused by mechanical failure on the part of the Mustang.

I-69 traffic was at a standstill for 30 minutes before a passing lane opened for traffic to move.

Sgt. Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne District, said he had only seen one other accident like this one.

“The likelihood of this happening is very low,” Galaviz said.

Galaviz said in the event of a mechanical failure while driving, the driver should not panic and try to get the vehicle to a safe place to stop.

If stuck under a semi-trailer, the driver should not panic and try to get someone’s attention by applying the horn, Galaviz recommended.