A further investigation of Monday night's semi accident at the intersection of 13th and Nuttman has shown the account given to Decatur police by the driver of the vehicle allegedly to be inaccurate, police officials said today.
The 11:28 p.m. accident occurred when a semi driven by Eric S. Lintermoot, 39, S. 14th Street, Decatur, was northbound on 13th Street in the westbound turn lane. Lintermoot told police that while stopped at the intersection for the traffic light, he checked his mirrors and said his load, a 45,000 steel coil, had shifted, and that movement caused his vehicle to tip over onto its side when he started to turn onto Nuttman Avenue.
A further police review, however, included the viewing of a security camera video from the Wendy's Restaurant. That camera focuses on the drive-thru area and is pointed in the direction to where the crash occurred.
Police said the video shows Lintermoot's statement "was inaccurate. The recording clearly slows the semi tractor traveling north on U.S. 27 (13th Street) and then turn west onto U.S. 224 (Nuttman Avenue), never stopping at the intersection like D1 (driver one, Lintermoot) stated. The recording then shows that the trailer and truck tip over on its side and the steel coil then breaks loose. It was clear that the load hadn't broke loose, causing the crash, like D1 stated."
Police further noted that evidence gleaned from the video indicated the semi was traveling too fast to safely negotiate the turn with the weight of the item being hauled and that "it was the speed of the vehicle that was the cause of this crash."
No arrests had been made by this morning.
Lintermoot was briefly trapped inside the cab of his semi before being removed by the Decatur Fire Department. He was transported to the Adams Memorial Hospital by paramedics, was treated after complaining of pain in his chest and then was later released.
Fire department personnel were on the scene for nearly three and a half hours in assisting with the cleanup of a diesel fuel spill that occurred as a result of the crash,. as well as removing steel from the area, including the Wendy's property.
Police estimated damage to the vehicle and the Wendy's property at between $25,001-$50,000.