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Indiana Toll Road's terrible Tuesday unfolds

March 13, 2012|WSBT-TV Report

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — Update: A victim from the first semi accident scene at the 69 mile marker, a Good Samaritan who stopped to help, has the has been airlifted to a burn unit at a Kalamazoo hospital, where he's listed as stable, according to Indiana State Police-Toll Road officials.

All Toll Road lanes are open, as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, per Indiana State Police-Toll Road post. The westbound side has one lane open at the 69 mile marker and will remain that way until approximately 2 p.m.


First accident at 3:54 a.m.: A 2009 Kenworth semi-tractor owned by HGC Transport from Caledon, Ontario, pulling a trailer loaded with fish was traveling westbound in the driving lane and for an unknown reason left the north side of the roadway and into the ditch.

As the driver, 32 year old Harish Kumar, from Antelope, Calif., corrected and attempted to get the vehicle back onto the roadway, it was struck in the rear of the trailer by a second semi-tractor which was pulling a trailer with unknown cargo.


The first semi-tractor trailer was pushed back into the north ditch and the second went into the center median where it caught fire. 

Both drivers were able to get out of their cabs.  Kumar was not injured and the second driver, a 44 year old man from Sharon, Penn., suffered facial lacerations, broken ribs and was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment.  His condition is not known at this time. 

Another semi driver, a Good Samaritan stopped to help and was seriously injured with third degree burns and broken ribs.  He has been taken to a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was last listed in stable condition.

Then a second accident happened ... a semi rear-ended a triple trailer. THat crash sent both those rigs into separate ditches.

The third incident involved a semi loaded with 42,000 pounds of flour. For an unknown reason, the trailer caught fire while the eastbound semi was at mile marker 85 in Mishawaka around 8 a.m.

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