"I was ahead of them in another truck," said Carroll.
Ryan Phillips both of Anderson were in the white Ford F-650 police say slid under a semi and then likely got hit by another semi. Both men were killed. A third victim in another car has also died but police have not released the victim's identity.
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All day Tuesday Andy Carroll was searching for information on his friends. No one, he said, would release crash victim's names and he could not reach his friends on their cell phones. His friend, an emergency responder on scene, also told Carroll he could not release victim's names but Andy Carrolls said he knew two were his friends.
"I saw the truck and it was torn up really bad. Both of them were real good guys," said Carroll.
Carroll says the men were trucking a piece of utility equipment used on a jobsite to dig and trench holes. Both Goettman and Phillips work for CAT Communications company, a utility construction company based in Anderson. Carroll says both men are married and have children.
Ryan Phillips, he says, was the father of a newborn.
"We all get really close on a construction site. We work with heavy equipment and we have to trust each other with our lives," said Carroll.
It's why he's taking the death of his two friends particularly hard knowing they had no control of their fate in the fatal wreck on I-69. Carroll also says his boss at CAT is very responsible.
"If he had known the weather would have turned bad like this he would have never sent them out in that truck on a snowy day."
The heavy snow and whiteout conditions on I-69 were not anticipated in earlier forecasts on Tuesday.