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.
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.
pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma by the Porter County
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.