Archive for October, 2011

25
Oct

Indiana Woman Dies When Rear-Ended by Dump Truck

October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

A 27-year-old Cromwell, Indiana, woman died Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 13, between Syracuse and North Webster.

According to The South Bend Tribunethe crash occurred around 10:40 a.m., just south of Wawasee Middle School after a flagman for the Indiana Department of Transportation stopped the victim.

A witness in front of the victim’s minivan said the flagman had turned his sign from “Stop” to “Slow,” and the victim had just begun to move forward when she was hit in the rear by a Kenworth dump truck driven by a 56-year-old man from Goshen.

The impact forced the minivan into the vehicle in front of it, and then off the road and into a high voltage utility pole, killing the driver.

The driver of the dump truck was not harmed. Kosciusko County authorities say they’re awaiting the results of a blood test on the dump truck driver. In the meantime, the crash is still under investigation.

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18
Oct

Oklahoma Man Killed in Indiana Crash with Semi-Truck

October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011

A 36-year-old male from Purcell, Oklahoma, died on Thursday, October 13, in Plainfield, Indiana, when his pickup truck ran into the back of a semitrailer truck on I-70, reports The Indianapolis Star.

According to Indiana State Police Sergeant Rich Myers, the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. as the man was traveling west in a 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck at Indiana 267. Traffic had reportedly slowed in a construction zone but the Chevrolet’s driver failed to decrease his speed. He slammed into the rear of the semi.

The victim died at the scene. Neither person inside the semi-truck was injured.

The accident closed all lanes to westbound traffic for three hours.

The victim is survived by his wife and three children, reports The Norman Transcript. He is to be buried on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Purcell.

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11
Oct

4 Indiana Family Members Killed in Fiery Michigan Crash

October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011

Four members of a Northern Indiana family were killed Sunday in a fiery head-on collision in Michigan, just north of the Indiana state line.

Per The Indianapolis Star, the crash — which occurred in Cass County’s Milton Township — killed a married couple, their one-year-old son, and the woman’s mother.

The victims died after a pickup truck that was eastbound on U.S. 12 left the road, and then overcorrected, crossing the center line and striking an oncoming car. Both vehicles flipped over and caught fire.

The driver of the pickup truck was able to get out of his vehicle, but the four people inside the car couldn’t get out in time.

Among the victims were a 57-year-old female, 50-year-old male, 35-year-old female, and one-year-old male. The married couple lived in Mishawaka, Indiana, while the mother lived in South Bend, Indiana.

“I was sitting in my house watching TV and I heard a big explosion,” neighbor Larry Livengood told WSBT-TV. “Immediately you could hear a child crying in the back of the one vehicle. It was very disturbing to see because there was nothing you could do, with the flames so hot and intense. Nobody could get that close to it … I just knelt down and started praying for them. That’s all I could do.”

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5
Oct

Indiana Parents, State Reach Settlement in Fatal Car Accident

October 05, 2011

October 5, 2011

The parents of two Indiana teens who were killed in a 2007 car crash in Southern Indiana have reach a settlement with the state of Indiana.

The settlement came unexpectedly—in the middle of a jury trial and with witnesses still yet to take the stand—when the state approached the families of the two male victims with an offer.

The offer includes changes to the intersection of Indiana 356 and US 31 in Scott County. WAVE3 reports that all along the families of the victims have blamed the crash on the confusing intersection and not the driver who struck the car the teens were traveling in.

“Nothing will bring back our children, however the families and INDOT have reached a mutual agreement to benefit the community,” said the mother of one of the victims. “INDOT has committed to adding signal flashers on US 31 that comply with the best and most applicable engineering practices.”

The families were also awarded an undisclosed sum. They’ve said that a large chunk of this will go towards a scholarship.

“It’s been exhausting; it’s just been a roller coaster going through all of it,” said another victim’s mother. “This has been a long journey for our families. It’s a relief; we still don’t have [our son] with us but at least something good has come out of it. Definitely a sense of closure and something good coming out of something horrible.”

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