Blackwell called 911 to report a coil had fallen in the road, but he didn’t know another vehicle had been hit, according to the call.
“I am on 127 north of Hamilton. I am in a big truck. I haul steel and one of my coils came off my trailer,” the truck driver told dispatchers. He said he was about an eighth of a mile from where the coil fell.
When asked where the coil went, he said “traffic is stopped back there so it must be in the road. Nobody is injured or anything, but it came out of my trailer.”
He said another motorist driving a truck had run him off the road into the grass several miles back. He stopped the other driver to talk about the incident, but he didn’t seem to understand what he was saying.
“I came across the railroad tracks and around the corner, and I just heard something,” he said. Then he stopped and discovered he was missing a coil.
According to the crash report, the coil that fell weighed 22,430 pounds. No charges have been filed yet in connection with the crash.
On the other side of the crash, a woman called 911 reporting an SUV in a ditch with a strong smell of gasoline.
“There has been a bad accident, there is debris all over the road,” the woman told dispatchers. She and others could not see in the vehicle to see whether anyone was inside.
She said she could only see one vehicle. “I don’t even know what they hit.”