Police say trucker passed out behind wheel after ‘choking on chocolate’

The accident shut down traffic in both directions yesterday.

Trucker crashes into median after choking on chocolate candy

Indiana State Police say that a piece of candy was to blame for a serious crash that stalled traffic on both directions of I-65.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, in Tippecanoe County, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

Trucker crashes into median after choking on chocolate candy

Troopers say that 50 year old North Carolina-based truck driver Robert E. Tate was traveling northbound on I-65 when, near mile marker 174, he began to “choke on the piece of chocolate he was eating and lost consciousness.”

Tate’s truck crashes off the left side of I-65 into a metal barrier and finally came to a stop after hitting the concrete barrier for the southbound lanes of I-65.

Trucker crashes into median after choking on chocolate candy

A southbound passenger vehicle was damaged by debris from the crash, but no serious injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Tate was taken to the hospital for treatment of breathing problems.

The incident caused serious traffic slow downs in both directions of I-65 while crews worked to remove the crashed semi truck.