INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A semi carrying 45,000 pounds of butter and whipped cream crashed along Interstate 465 on the city’s south side early Friday after Indiana State Police say the driver nodded off.
The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-465 just west of I-65. Traffic has since been able to get through. Indiana State Police officials said 25-year-old driver Charles Pryor III fell asleep and hit a sign.
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The trailer split in half, spilling containers of butter and whipped cream products across the highway. Among the products were Reddi wip, Blue Bonnet butter, and Parkay spray butter.
Pryor, who works for Salt Lake City, Utah-based CR England, wasn’t injured. It’s unclear whether Pryor will be criminally charged.
An attorney for the company said all of the CR England’s trucks are equipped with an electronic on-board recorder, or an EOBR. The device monitors when a driver is stopped versus driving. However, Pryor was using a rental truck on Friday while awaiting repairs on his CR England vehicle. As a result, he was logging his time on paper instead of the electronic device.
Federal rules limit truck drivers from driving more than 11 of the 14 consecutive hours they work. Indiana State Police found 837 violations of that rule across the state in 2013. Truck drivers also must take a 10-hour break before driving again.
Truck drivers maintain logs of when they drive and when they sleep. Those logs are checked by Indiana State Police during routine safety inspections. However, amid concerns that it’s easy to falsify handwritten driving logs, the federal government is proposing all truck drivers use devices like CR England requires.
In Indiana, all commercial trucks and buses will likely be required to use an EOBR by 2017.