A trucker died
early this morning in a two-semi accident on I-94 in LaPorte County, the
Indiana State Police said.
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.
were no emergency triangles put out behind the detached trailer,” police
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.