A trucker who crashed his rig into a sound barrier wall on Interstate 69 near Fort Wayne remains in critical condition. Paramedics at the scene were forced to amputate a portion of his leg to free him from the wreckage, according to a spokesman with the police department.
Dmitry Naumov, 49, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, was driving a 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer southbound on I-69 at mile-marker 309 shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when the rig began to drift off the right shoulder and struck a retaining wall, said Michael Joyner, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department.
“According to a witness, (Naumov) seemed to fishtail a little bit in his lane,” Joyner said. “The tractor impacted a sound barrier on the right side of the road.”
The witness also told police the impact “totally disintegrated the tractor itself.”
“The load shifted forward and on top of him,” Joyner said. “His leg was pinned to the point where they just could not free him because of the significant impact.”
Paramedics were on scene for more than two hours before making the decision to amputate Naumov’s leg just below the knee. He was immediately transported to a local hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Wednesday morning.
“(The crash) was horrific,” he said. “I’ve seen the photographs, and I’ve never seen anything like it. I think it’s a miracle he survived.”
The investigation into the cause of the crash continues. Joyner said alcohol is not a factor. Naumov’s logbook has not yet been recovered, due to the devastation of the wreck. Portions of the highway were shut down for about 10 hours on Tuesday morning.
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