Ohio man dies in Toll Road crash
LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. – An Ohio man died in a crash along the Toll Road on Monday evening, Indiana State Police reported.
At 5:10 p.m., troopers from the ISP Toll Road post responded to a vehicle crash involving two commercial vehicles on the I-80 Toll Road near the 125.7mm.
When troopers arrived on scene, they found a white 2020 Mack truck crashed into the passenger side of a red 2018 Kenworth semi-tractor/trailer, according to reports.
There was heavy damage to the Mack truck, with the driver trapped in the wreckage and suffering from serious traumatic injuries, reports said.
By the time medical crews were able to get to the driver to provide medical assistance, the driver, identified as 67-year-old Herbert Meade of Olmstead Township, Ohio, had succumbed to his injuries, reports said.
Meade was pronounced dead at the scene by the LaGrange County Coroner.
A preliminary investigation shows that Meade’s Mack truck was traveling eastbound in the left lane of I-80 following behind the Kenworth semi-tractor/trailer.
At the time, the eastbound lanes of I-80 were restricted down to the left lane due to road construction.
Traffic ahead had slowed or stopped due to the construction.
The driver of the Kenworth semi-tractor began slowing for the stopped traffic but Meade’s Mack was allegedly following too closely and failed to get stopped, resulting in the Mack crashing into the rear of the Kenworth semi-trailer, according to reports.
Meade’s truck sustained heavy damage to the driver’s side of the cab area, causing his entrapment and fatal injuries.
The driver of the Kenworth was able to exit the truck uninjured.
This crash remains under investigation.