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Semi hits teen standing by car

A Butler teen was outside his disabled car on a rural county road Thursday night when he was struck by a semi, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Taylor A. Vandyke, 17, was driving a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire south on County Road 61 shortly before 10 p.m., according to the sheriff’s department, when the car hit a opossum after turning from County Road 36.

The car broke down on the edge of the road, police said.

The teen’s girlfriend told police that Vandyke switched on the hazard lights. But police said no lights were working on the outside of the vehicle.

The truck driver, Brian S. Owens, 57, of Woodland, Pa., told police there was an oncoming vehicle and that he slammed on the brakes but didn’t have room to maneuver around the boy’s car.

The teenager had injuries to his left leg and foot, the sheriff’s department said. He was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital.

His condition was not immediately available.

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