Trucker Dies After Semi-Truck Accident on LaPorte County Toll Road
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jun 07, 2016 in Truck Accidents
A truck driver was killed after being involved in a fiery semi-truck wreck around Mile Marker 42 in LaPorte County.
Around 3:16 p.m. on Monday, June 6, a 2011 Kenworth semi was in the right lane on eastbound Indiana Toll Road. The driver, a 38-year-old man from Florida, stopped because of backed up traffic leading into a construction area near mile marker 49.
The semi was suddenly hit from behind by another truck driver that failed to slow down and stop. The second semi caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed as it was hauling paper towels.
The 36-year-old driver of the second truck died at the scene while the Kenworth semi-truck driver was transported Saint Anthony's Health Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The eastbound lanes of the toll road were completely shut down as investigators came onto the scene and debris from the accident was removed.
Construction on Indiana Toll Road began in late May, but was halted through the Memorial Day weekend and then resumed on June 1.
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