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Shelbyville man killed in I-74 crash with semi flipped by the wind

Wind appears to be a factor in an early morning fatal Shelby County crash.



The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says units were dispatched to Interstate 74 westbound at the 104 mile marker for an accident with unknown injury about 3:30 Wednesday morning.


A semi registered to Ryder/Amazon driven by Temirlan Baizakov, 21, of Chicago, was traveling west on Interstate 74. Baizakov stated he had a light load and there was heavy wind.  He stated due to the wind he lost control of the semi. The semi swerved, flipped over and skidded into the median on its side. Part of the trailer was blocking the left lane of Interstate 74.  Baizakov was not injured in the accident.


Baizakov stated as he was attempting to exit the semi when he heard a collision to the trailer. The semi-trailer was struck by a Mercedes bdriven by Gary E. Oldham, Jr., 30, of Shelbyville. There was heavy damage to the front driver side of the vehicle and Oldham was entrapped.


Oldham was pronounced dead at the scene.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says evidence at the scene supported the semi driver's statement of wind leading to the accident.