February 15, 2018-An early morning crash involving two semi-tractor trucks left one dead and closed a stretch of highway today. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, just before 3:00 a.m. the trailer of one semi became detached and remained in the roadway when it was struck by another semi. “The trailer, a 2016 Great Dane, loaded with wood flooring and general freight came to rest on the outer shoulder but the left rear of the trailer was partially in the right lane of I-94. The driver was able to pull his tractor and front trailer off on the outer shoulder and were not involved in the crash” according to the report. “A 2007 Volvo pulling a box trailer was west bound in the right lane when he hit the rear of the detached trailer. This caused the cab from the Volvo to come off the tractor frame and the detached trailer roll over onto its left side. The Great Dane trailer split open and its contents were strewn across parts of the interstate” the report continues.
The LaPorte County Coroner pronounced the driver of the 2007 Volvo dead at the scene. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family.
All west bound traffic was diverted off at exit 40 (US20/US35) until approximately 5:00 a.m., where the left lane and inner shoulder were open. It is expected the right and middle lane to be closed for removal of the semis, reconstruction of the crash, and clean-up of the roadway.
UPDATE at 9:00 a.m: The driver of the 2007 Volvo has been identified as David C. Sturgis, 53 of Camp Douglas, Wisconsin. Family has been notified. Sturgis was driving for Dalli Trucking Incorporated out of Greendale, Wisconsin. The right and middle lane at the below location is still blocked for clean-up.