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ISP: Indiana man dies in I-94 crash here

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A Terre Haute man standing outside his vehicle, parked on the shoulder of I-94 a mile east of the Chesterton exit, was killed early Saturday after a semi-tractor trailer struck his vehicle and pushed it into him, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as Daniel R. Evans, 37.

According to police, at 1:27 a.m. Evans for unknown reasons had parked his 1978 Chevrolet pickup truck on the outside shoulder of westbound I-94 and was standing outside the truck by the driver’s side front quarter panel.

The pickup was subsequently hit by a semi driven by James T. Moore, 72, of Inkster, Mich., after Moore crossed the fog line, police said. The impact forced the pickup truck into Evans, police said.

Evans was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma by the Porter County Coroner’s Office.

Moore’s rig--loaded with 20,000 ponds of wooden pallets--then left the roadway to the north, police said, the tractor rolling onto its side but the trailer staying upright with no loss of load. Moore, who was wearing his seatbelt, refused medical treatment at the scene, police said. Moore’s 2005 Peterbilt and box trailer are owned by JTL Carriers LLC of Franklin, Wis., police said.

In a statement released later on Saturday, Coroner Chuck Harris said that Evans’ emergency flashers were activated at the time of the crash.

The Chesterton Fire Department responded to the scene.



Posted 3/13/2017




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