A Lima woman involved in one-car crash at a closed Indiana weigh station said the accident was the result of a mechanical failure with the car her husband drove.
Arlene Robertson, 63, was a passenger in the car her husband, James W. Robertson, 64, drove when it crashed Aug. 9 into a pile of dirt at the weigh station. She said the cruise control was locked on, and they could not disengage it.
Indiana State Police Trooper Robert Hutson said he has no evidence the cruise control was stuck other than Robertson’s statement she made when she called him several days after the accident. He said there was no reason for him to investigate the crash any further.
James Robertson was not cited. He and Arlene Robertson suffered injuries as a result of the crash, and she fell out of the car during the incident, Hutson said.
Hutson said Arlene Robertson called him to say they were planning to sue Volvo. Hutson said any further examination of the car to try to determine if there was a mechanical problem is beyond what he does as a trooper and not needed for his purposes.
Arlene Robertson also said they did not mistake the weigh station for an exit. She said they were pulling over to switch drivers.
The crash happened as they were driving south on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana. The state police reported the car hit a dirt pile that ramped the car into the grass and over a curb before coming to a rest.
By Greg Sowinski - The Lima News, Ohio (MCT)
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