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BHPD: Man fatally injured at mill, possibly struck by a semi

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A trucker outside his rig and securing his cargo at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility was apparently struck and fatally injured by another semi on Friday, Burns Harbor Police said.

The victim was identified as Kevin J. Campbell, 69, of Crown Point.

According to the crash report completed by the BHPD and released after deadline on Monday to the Chesterton Tribune, Campbell was found shortly after 11:30 a.m. Friday at Hot Strip Shipping Door 5028, with “significant injuries to his entire body.”

Campbell was airlifted to an unspecified hospital where--ArcelorMittal has since confirmed--he subsequently died of his injuries.

An ArcelorMittal manager advised the BHPD that “the crash had not been witnessed by anyone to his knowledge and that there are no cameras in that area that would have captured the crash either.” The manager further advised that, “at the time Mr. Campbell was found, they were unaware that he had been struck by a motor vehicle.”

ArcelorMittal did, however, conduct “an internal investigation,” concluding that Campbell “most likely” had been struck by a particular semi--a “white truck”--which witnesses stated had been parked next to Campbell’s own semi, the BHPD said. That white truck had left the plant at 11:30 a.m. but was later recalled.

At 2:53 p.m. Friday, ArcelorMittal reported the incident to the BHPD and shortly thereafter officers interviewed the driver of the white truck, who stated “that he was unaware that a crash had occurred” and “was not notified until he was in Michigan to deliver the cargo he had obtained from the mill,” the BHPD said.

The BHPD’s investigation of the incident is ongoing, Town Marshall Mike Heckman told the Tribune. Evidence from the white truck has been collected but Heckman was unable to say with certainty yet whether in fact that truck was involved in the accident.

ArcelorMittal released the following statement today: “ArcelorMittal is saddened to confirm that the independent truck driver who was involved in an incident with another truck driver at our Burns Harbor facility has passed away. The ArcelorMittal family extends our sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.”

 

Posted 11/8/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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