Putnam County—This morning at 11:19, Indiana State Police Troopers and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a tractor-trailer rollover crash on State Road 243 just north of Interstate 70. The roadway was closed for crash investigation and clean-up until approximately 1:22p.m.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 International tractor pulling a dump trailer loaded with aggregate, driven by 34-year-old Paul E. Rideout of Kansas, Illinois, was southbound on SR 243, lost control and rolled over. Paul Rideout was transported by Putnam County Operation Life paramedics to Putnam County Hospital for treatment of what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries to his face and shoulder.
Information from the driver and evidence at the scene suggest the 2007 International experienced a mechanical malfunction related to the steering, which appeared to cause the crash. A post crash inspection by ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Master Trooper Matt Ames confirmed the steering issues. No citations were issued.
Owner of the truck was Jon Wood Trucking of Paris, Illinois.
The crash was investigated by ISP Master Trooper Angie Hahn. Assisting were ISP Commercial Vehicle Master Trooper Matt Ames, Cloverdale Fire/Rescue, Putnam County Operation Life, Curtis Wrecker Service and Indiana Department of Transportation.