Two people died in an early Friday semi-truck crash on Interstate 70 in Putnam County.

The identity of the driver and passenger in the vehicle were not released Friday afternoon. The truck was registered in Malvern, Arkansas.

A news release from Sheriff Scott Stockton said a 911 call was received at 5:22 a.m. reporting a vehicle on fire in the median at the 43 1/2-mile marker.

At the scene, deputies found the truck and surrounding trees on fire. The truck had been westbound when it went off the south side of the road into the median, up an embankment and struck several trees.

A passing truck driver from Greenfield stopped at the scene prior to police arriving and used his fire extinguisher until it was empty and he was forced to retreat from the fire, police said. That motorist said he found the driver trapped and unconscious inside the truck.

Firefighters from Cloverdale, Greencastle and Reelsville responded to the scene. Westbound I-70 was reduced to one lane for several hours, opening about 3:30 p.m.

The Putnam County Coroner's Office is also investigating.


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