Written report received Wednesday morning: South Bend, IN -The Indiana State Police Toll Road Post is investigating a vehicle crash involving two semi-tractor trailers that occurred early yesterday morning on the Toll Road at the 69 mile marker, on the westbound side.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Luis Ruiz indicated that at approximately 3:54 am, 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, California corrected and attempted to get the vehicle back onto the roadway, it was struck in the rear of the trailer by a 2012 International semi-tractor driven by 44 year old Keith H. Kloss from Sharon, Pennsylvania which was pulling a trailer with unknown cargo.
Kumar’s vehicle and trailer were pushed back into the north ditch and Kloss’ vehicle and trailer went into the center median where they caught fire. Both drivers were able to get out of their cabs. Kumar was not injured and Kloss suffered facial lacerations, broken ribs and was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition is not known at this time. A passerby identified as Donald Duncan, 58 from McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania stopped to render assistance and was seriously injured with third degree burns and broken ribs. He was taken to the Kalamazoo Burn Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was last listed in stable condition.
Assisting at the scene was the South Bend Fire Department and the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department.