Man Ejected In I-74 Crash, But Only Suffers Broken Leg
(Franklin County, Ind.) – A man was released from the hospital just a few hours after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash on Interstate 74 Friday afternoon.
A 1999 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck driven by Jacob H. Easterbrook, 21, of Indianapolis, was westbound on I-74 near the 147.5 mile marker – located near Batesville – at around 4:30 p.m., said Indiana State Police troopers.
Easterbrook told troopers he was behind a semi and as he started to pass the tractor trailer, the semi started a lane change. Easterbrook locked his brakes and skidded off the roadway where he struck a guard rail face.
State police said Easterbrook, who was not restrained, was ejected from his pickup. He was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati as a precautionary measure where he was treated for a fractured tibia and later released.
According to investigators, speed and the possible use of illegal drugs may have contributed to the crash. Blood test results are pending.
A secondary crash took place when debris from Easterbrook’s wreck led to a 2003 Infinity driven by Mohamed Saleh being struck by debris. Saleh was not injured, but his vehicle did suffer some minor damage, troopers said.
Indiana State Police received assistance at the scene from Batesville Police Department, Batesville Fire Department, and Batesville EMS.