Worker Killed While Changing Tire On I-65

LAKE STATION, Ind. (CBS) – A roadside assistance worker changing a flat tire on a semi was killed along southbound Interstate 65 in Northwest Indiana.

Phillip Amsden, 63, of Hebron, Ind., was pronounced dead on the scene by a Lake County Deputy Coroner from massive blunt force trauma, according to a release from Indiana State Police.

At 11:43 p.m. Thursday, a semi-tractor trailer was pulled over on the right shoulder of southbound I-65 just south of I-80 in Lake Station, Ind., according to Indiana State Police Lowell District Trooper Dan Becker said.

Amsden was outside the semi putting air in a tire when a 2006 Land Rover accelerated to merge onto southbound I-65 from Ridge Road and struck the semi.

Amsden was crushed between the tractor trailer and his 2008 Ford F-350 pick-up service truck, the release said.

The driver of the semi, Thomas P. O’Conner, 57, of Wheeling, was inside the tractor trailer at the time of the crash and was not hurt, according to the release.

The driver of the Land Rover, Jeffrey A. Cleary, 64, of Valparaiso, Ind., was charged with driving a vehicle while intoxicated. He was the sole occupant of the Land Rover, the release said.

He was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Methodist Hospital, Becker said.

All lanes of I-65 were reopened as of about 3:45 a.m., the release said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Carmen

    No comments. What good a comment can do when the stupid people of this country don’t want to listen. Sorry about this poor old men that was killied for the irresponsibilities of people that doesn’t care about the TV or Newspaper about IF YOU DRINK DON’T DRIVE

  • Carmen

    I responsabilility the govertment of this country that expend lots of money in stupid people that doen’t care or listen. Instead of that take care of the Old people, if this deceased men’ll havce his increase in his Social Security instead of been at 11:00 in the evening working I’m pretty sure he’ll be at his home sleeping and saved.

  • Mrs Christine Hearne

    Don’t let the folks that drink and drive have a chance. If they det a DUI, they simple\y don’t drive again. This man was my uncle and left behind a lot broken hearts because some moron decided to drive drunk instead of making a phone call or getting ahotel to sleep in! Damn the nasty lawyers who help these people get out of it!

    • Fernanda

      Jeffrey Cleary had THREE DUI convictions before this already–why does Indiana allow such people on the road?

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