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Semi driver undergoes amputation to free him from crash on I-69 in Fort Wayne

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Anyone that witnessed the accident is asked to call police at 1-260-427-1201.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 9:57 am

A semi driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition early Tuesday morning after an amputation because he was pinned in an accident on Interstate 69.

At 12:19 a.m., Fort Wayne Police officers responded to the 309 milemarker of Interstate 69 southbound near the zoo exit on a report of an injury accident involving a semi.

Officers found the driver, who appeared to be in critical condition, according to a news release from Officer Chris Felton, police department spokesman. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital, where he remained in critical condition early Tuesday.

A witness reported that the semi truck, which was traveling southbound, had left the road and struck the sound barrier wall on the west side of the road before coming to a stop. It appears the semi had driven along the guard rail for several feet before breaking through the guardrail and completely leaving the road, hitting the sound barrier wall and coming to rest in a hill.

The load of cabbage in crates spilled over the front of the vehicle atop the driver, who was pinned in the wreckage, which had a small fire, according to a Fort Wayne Fire Department report. After two hours, rescue workers decided to amputate part of the driver's leg to free him, according to the report.

Investigators are unsure what caused the accident, Felton said. It doesn't appear that any other vehicles were involved or caused the semi to leave the road.