UPDATE: Names released from Indiana Toll Road two-semi crash
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – The names of the victims involved in one of Tuesday morning’s toll road crashes have been released.
Indiana State Police are still investigating the crash in which two semi-tractor trailers collided on the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 69.
According to state officials, at approximately 3:54 a.m. a semi owned by HGC Transport from Caledon, Ontario, carrying salmon was traveling westbound.
For an unknown reason the driver Harish Kumar,32, from Antelope, California left the north side of the roadway and veered into a ditch.
As Kumar corrected and attempted to merge back onto the roadway, it was struck in the rear by another semi driven by 44-year-old Keith H. Kloss of Sharon, Pennsylvania. Kloss was pulling a trailer full of unknown cargo.
Kumar’s vehicle and trailer were pushed back into the ditch and flipped on its side. Kloss’ vehicle and trailer went into the center median where it caught fire.
Both drivers were able to exit their cabs. Kumar was unharmed, Kloss suffered facial lacerations, broken ribs and was transported to Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
The Good Samaritan who witnessed the crash and stopped to help has been identified as Donald Duncan, 58, of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.
Duncan was seriously injured with third degree burns and broken ribs. He was taken to the Kalamazoo Burn Center and was last listed in stable condition.
The South Bend Fire Department and the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department were on the scene to assist.