Cambridge City area residents are mourning the loss of Billy Ray Ervin Jr., husband of the town’s Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Ervin, who died Sunday morning in a single vehicle roll-over crash on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
At 8:47 a.m., Indiana State Police dispatchers began receiving 911 calls about a semi roll-over crash in the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 88.4-mile marker near Shadeland Avenue.
According to a news release from ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. John Perrine, an Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helper arrived first and told dispatchers that Ervin, the semi’s driver, was pinned underneath and was unresponsive.
ISP Trooper Aaron Pfaff and Sgt. Tim James were not able to access Ervin, who was pinned under the wreckage.
A large tow truck from Interstate Towing assisted Indianapolis Fire Department with Ervin’s extrication. Ervin, 70, later was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A preliminary investigation determined Ervin was driving a semi-tractor trailer westbound on I-70 when he drove off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier wall before heading into the right ditch and overturning.
Ervin was wearing a seatbelt, but became entrapped under the semi when it rolled over, the release said.
Investigators were not immediately sure what caused him to drive off the road because there were no skid marks to indicate braking.
Marion County Coroner’s Office will investigate and determine the cause of Ervin’s death.
Two lanes of I-70 westbound were blocked for several hours while the crash was investigated.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no other occupants were inside the semi.

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