Three people were killed and two others were injured after a large, wheelbarrow-sized dump truck overturned on a rural road in Indiana.
Indiana State Fair officials say three people died when the dump truck they were traveling in overturned at around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Pottawatomie, about 70 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Indiana state police say the truck’s driver is in critical condition.
The investigation is ongoing.
The truck’s front bumper exploded.
A driver and a passenger in the truck suffered minor injuries.
State police say it was unclear why the dumpster was traveling at that speed.
They say there is no indication that anyone was in the area when the crash happened.
The driver of the truck was arrested at the scene, said the Indiana State Police.
They did not immediately know if he has an attorney.
State park officials say it’s rare for a dump truck to explode and that it could be a precautionary measure if the truck is traveling in the wrong direction.
The dump truck’s owner, Nathan L. Walker, told WANE-TV that his truck had been going westbound on Interstate 64 when it went over a curve and flipped.
He said he was driving through the park when the truck crashed.
Walker said his truck was not in the park.
He told WINDY that he was at a stop sign.
He called it a freak accident.
The accident has caused widespread grief and anger among Indiana residents, many of whom have rallied around Walker.
He has also been a target of death threats.
A group called Indiana’s First Responders for Community Service posted a message on social media urging people to “stay safe” and to “donate to the cause.”