FREMONT, Ind. (WFFT) — A semi-truck driver is dead after he lost control of his vehicle resulting in a rollover crash on Saturday evening in Steuben County.
At approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening, the Indiana State Police responded to a semi rollover crash on the Indiana Toll Road near the 151 mile marker.
Upon arrival, troopers say they found a semi that was carrying milk in a bulk liquid tanker trailer rolled over down in the center median.
The driver was trapped inside the cab and unresponsive.
ISP says first responders were not able to extricate the driver initially due to the extensive damage.
The driver, 61-year-old Stephen Robert Downs of Colon, Michigan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Downs was the only person in the truck at the time of the crash, according to police.
Damage to the tanker caused approximately 4,000 gallons of milk and roughly 100 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the area.
Investigators say Downs was initially driving east on the toll road in the left lane.
For an unknown reason, his semi ran off the edge of the road onto the soft shoulder and Downs attempted to get back on the road, but lost control resulting in the rollover crash.
Both the semi-tractor and trailer rolled over onto the driver’s side and came to rest in the median.
Due to the damage sustained by, troopers say they were unable to determine if Downs was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
It took crews nearly two hours to clean up the crash area, both eastbound and westbound lanes were shut down during this time.
The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.