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Trucker dies in crash on I-94 in LaPorte

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A trucker died early this morning in a two-semi accident on I-94 in LaPorte County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 2:50 a.m. a Heartland, Wis., trucker--not identified by the ISP--had just entered westbound I-94 from the U.S. 20/U.S. 35 ramp, when one of the two trailers he was hauling became detached. The trailer came to rest on the outer shoulder with a portion of its rear corner extending into the right lane of westbound I-94, police said.

A second trucker westbound in the right lane of I-94--identifed as David C. Sturgis, 53, of Camp Douglas, Wis.--then struck the detached trailer, causing his cab “to come off the tractor frame,” police said. Sturgis was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma. Sturgis was driving for Dalli Trucking Inc. of Greendale, Wis.

“Purportedly there were no emergency triangles put out behind the detached trailer,” police said.

Meanwhile, the Heartland, Wis., trucker whose trailer became detached escaped injury, police said. He was driving for RL Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio.

On being struck by the deceased trucker’s rig, the detached trailer split open and its contents--wood flooring and general freight--were strewn across the roadway, police said. Westbound traffic was diverted off at U.S. 20/U.S. 35 until approximately 5 a.m.




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