The driver of the semi killed in Wednesday morning’s crash on southbound I-65 in Johnson County has been identified. Indiana State Police (ISP) say the victim was 52-year-old Tyrone McKenney, of Quinby, South Carolina.
ISP say that McKenney was involved in the one-vehicle crash when his semi ran off the road, just north of Franklin. Investigators say the semi struck a guardrail, then went approximately 50 feet off the road and struck a tree before catching fire. Authorities still don’t know why the semi left the roadway.
State Police credit a Good Samaritan, 56-year-old Bryan Corns, of Crown Point, for trying to save McKenney’s life. They say that Corns, at great personal risk, managed to pull the driver from the wreckage. Authorities say that Corns suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the rescue attempt.
McKenney was taken to an area hospital, where he was later died at approximately 7:14 a.m. Corns is expected to be o.k. ISP say the crash closed that section of southbound I-65 for approximately 90 minutes.