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Ben Mikesell | The Journal Gazette
Investigators examine the scene of a fatal semi crash on U.S. 30.

Semi driver dies in US 30 crash

NEW HAVEN – The driver of a semi was found dead in the rig’s cab Wednesday in east Allen County after the vehicle went off the road and rolled on its side in a bean field.

No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured in the crash on U.S. 30 near Snyder Road, about 5 miles east of Interstate 469, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

Witnesses did not report the semi being driven erratically before the 4 p.m. crash, and police didn’t have any leads as to what caused the driver to leave the highway, county police spokesman Jeremy Tinkel said at the scene.

He said the coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine whether the driver – the only person in the cab – suffered a medical emergency before the crash or died from injuries he suffered when the semi rolled.

The semi was headed west on U.S. 30 when it went off the north side of the highway and rolled onto the driver’s side in a bean field.

Tinkel said there wasn’t any evidence or witness statements to indicate that the driver lost control of the 18-wheeler.

The semi was fully loaded with roofing materials. The highway was still closed at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Tinkel said officials could not open the highway as long as the semi was in the field.

Drivers were diverted from U.S. 30 onto Indiana 101 a couple miles east of the crash, where they could continue west on Old Lincoln Highway until it met up with U.S. 30.

cmeyers@jg.net

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