GRANGER – Police have released the names of those involved in a deadly crash Sunday morning on State Road 23 in Granger. The young man who died is 18-year-old James Reeder – a student from Lawrence, Michigan who was due to graduate Sunday afternoon.
Around 4:30 a.m. Reeder's pickup truck and a semi collided head-on just south of the Indiana-Michigan state line in Harris Township, spilling fuel on the highway.
The semi -- driven by 43-year-old Troy S. Massey of Coloma, Michigan -- burst into flames upon impact. Reeder died at the scene.
Massey was taken to South Bend's Memorial Hospital with back pain and minor facial injuries.
The tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel and was just filled at the Granger fuel depot before the crash. However, the tanker portion of the semi did not catch fire -- meaning an even larger disaster was averted thanks to the efforts of firefighters.