An Illinois man was airlifted to a Ft. Wayne Hospital after his semi crashed into an unoccupied residence on State Road 114 in Fulton County. At around 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, officers from the Indiana State Police, the Akron Police Department, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the single vehicle crash at 1325 E. State Road 114.
A preliminary investigation revealed that David Bolt, 56 of Cabery, Ill., was driving a 2014 Peterbilt semi-tractor, pulling an empty tanker trailer, eastbound on State Road 114. For an unknown reason, the semi traveled off the north side of State Road 114 and came to rest after hitting an unoccupied home located approximately 50 feet from the road. Officials say the home’s garage, kitchen, and a bathroom where destroyed in the crash.
Bolt was trapped in the semi-tractor and had to be extricated by firefighters from the Henry Township and the Rochester Fire Departments before being flown from the crash scene by Samaritan Helicopter to a Ft. Wayne hospital. He suffered broken ribs, lacerations, and a head injury. Fortunately, Bolt was wearing a seatbelt, which police believe prevented Bolt from being more severely injured.
This crash is still under investigation, but at this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash. Troopers from the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division completed an inspection on the semi–tractor, trailer, and required paperwork and found no violations.