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Toll Road crash leaves 2 dead

may have been caused by erratic speeder

October 02, 2012|WSBT-TV Report

MICHIGAN CITY – Indiana State Police say two people are dead after a crash on the Toll Road near Michigan City late Tuesday morning.

The accident happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. EST in the westbound lanes near mile marker 39 at the Michigan City exit.

State Police say 52-year-old Daniel Miller of LaPorte, a maintenance worker and 17-year veteran of the Toll Road, had gotten out of the pickup truck he was in to get a weedeater in the bed of the truck when a small SUV hit Miller and the rear of the pickup.

Miller died on the scene.

The driver of the SUV was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend where he later died.

The police investigation shows that Toll Road radio dispatch received a call about a speeding erratic driver westbound on the Toll Road and dispatched that information when minutes later the same vehicle, a red 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, hit the maintenance truck.

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Police say the pickup had warning lights and a lit arrow board activated on it.

The SUV driver has been identified as 78-year-old Paul Kimbrugh of Coldwater, Mich. and Cape Coral, Fla.

Police say another Toll Road worker, 49-year-old Kevin Standefer of LaPorte, who was driving the pickup and a 12-year Toll Road employee, was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Michigan with non life-threatening injuries.

The westbound lanes of the Toll Road near Michigan City were closed for about two hours.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Indiana State Police reminds drivers that Indiana Law requires motorists to move over and or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle, or a highway maintenance vehicle, on two or four lane roadways when they have emergency lights flashing.

Motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or highway maintenance vehicle if they can do so SAFELY; If not they must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution.  We are asking motorists NOT TO STOP in the roadway, but to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER.

Indiana emergency and highway maintenance vehicles include:

  • Police vehicles
  • Ambulances
  • Fire trucks and rescue equipment
  • Highway incident-response vehicles
  • Highway work vehicles
  • Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)


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