• July 22, 2022

Dominic Woodfield Killed in Fiery Truck Accident on I-70 in Putnam County, IN

Putnam County, IN — July 3, 2022, 56-year-old Dominic Woodfield died in a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 70 in Putnam County.

According to preliminary reports the incident happened Sunday morning along westbound I-70 near mile marker 36. Investigators say Woodfield was driving west on the highway in an 18-wheeler when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck hit a guardrail, then overturned and caught fire.

Woodfield suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Dominic Woodfield Accident in Putnam County

Clearly this is a tragic incident, and I hope investigators can find out why the truck driver lost control. One other detail from early reports sticks out in particular to me: The truck reportedly caught fire after overturning. People may not see anything peculiar about that, but they may not realize that many tractor-trailers' "saddle"-style fuel tanks put the trucks at great risk of combustion in crashes. Those fires have turned many serious truck accidents into fatal ones, and the trucks' design could use some major changes.

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