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Semi truck hops over a road and goes up

A truck driver ran his semi up an embankment along I-74 near Greensburg, sailed into the air and burst into flames upon landing. The driver and his 7-year-old son escaped with minor injuries.

The driver — Ryan T. Young, 30, Owenton, Ky. — told police he was taking evasive action to avoid another vehicle drifting into his lane when the incident occurred.

"He swerved to avoid the other vehicle and ran off the south side of the interstate," explained Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze in an email. "The semi ran up a hill then through the guardrail. The semi then continued eastbound as it 'ramped' the U.S. 421 interchange before striking another guardrail, tearing off the fuel tanks (and) causing the fuel to ignite."

Young, who drove a 2000 Peterbilt, suffered "some minor facial and head injuries," Houze said. The man's 7-year-old son, riding with his father, "suffered only a few scratches."

Both were transported to Decatur County Hospital for treatment, Houze said

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Submitted: 08/03/2013
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