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I-Con of Danger; part one

It's the interstate many of you have sworn to never travel again. Just this summer, Interstate 70 was the host of several horrific accidents, in a matter of days.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 9:43 AM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2017 10:09 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's the interstate many of you have sworn to never travel again.

Just this summer, Interstate 70 was the host of several horrific accidents, in a matter of days.

But why is that? That is why we are taking a look into what makes I-70 so dangerous.

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They are the titans of the road; the giants of the interstate. They are semis.

“…semis carry 80 thousand pounds of weight.”

Big to all, scary to some. But to Corban Matney, they're a way of life.

"Altogether, I've been driving about 30 years."

As a semi-truck driver for a local company out of Illinois, this seemingly wild, wild I-70 east and west, is his home so to speak.

But lately… “Within the last 10 years, it's become an icon of danger.”

His home has gotten a deadly reputation and he has personally felt the sting.

"The driver who failed to slow down is identified as 61-year-old James Medley of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Medley was dead at the scene." This was a previous News 10 story we did on an I-70 accident.

"He was a good friend of mine. I rode with him for several years and he was one of them that passed away.”
A fellow driver and a friend.

Years later, the story is the same, even if the people are different. Just recently a family with small children.

In July a two semi-trucks and one car collided near the 16-mile marker.

Indiana State Police say a semi driver did not slow down in a construction zone which caused him to slam into a mini-van. The force caused the van to smash into another semi-truck.

Two children, a one-year-old and a five-year-old, died in that accident.

“Oh, it breaks my heart. It tears me up because it's those children involved. It shouldn't have happened.... I believe it could have been prevented.”

Semis, I-70 and fatalities; lately they seem to go together. But we don't always know why.

Matney does have some thoughts though. “It has a lot to do with the young drivers that have flooded the interstate. That I don't think have the patience.”
He's not afraid to call out some of his fellow semi drivers; but that's just one of his concerns.

“It's like they never get done with the construction on this Interstate. A lot of times anymore, I'll take U.S. 40 because there's less traffic, and I feel safer.”

And perhaps, most importantly, Matney says you the driver play a role in your own safety.
“Now they can go fast, but they also die. You have a wreck at 70, 80 miles per hour in these car that are made of real thin tin anymore, you die. There's no maybes about it. You collide with a semi, you die.”

Direct yes, but Matney knows the score. In the game of traveling this notorious stretch, he doesn't like your chances against these mobile giants.

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