Tractor Trailer Accidents in Indiana and Minnesota Kill Two Drivers

Three people were killed in separate tractor trailer accidents in Minnesota and Indiana.Tractor trailer accidents in Indiana and Minnesota have claimed the lives of two drivers and a third victim who was a passenger in one of the big rigs.

In Indiana, two Tennessee residents were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Jasper County on August 10.

The Chesterton Tribune reports that the accident occurred around 11:00 a.m. when a truck being driven by 59-year-old Dennis Mattern was traveling southbound on the highway near mile marker 212.

According to the news agency, Mattern failed to slow down as he approached a work zone that had the roadway reduced down to one lane. His big rig then reportedly smashed into the back of another semi that was traveling slowly through the construction area. The impact of the crash sent the second truck into another tractor trailer.

Indiana State Police said that Mattern and his passenger, 57-year-old Debra Moon, both perished in the crash.

The drivers of the two other 18-wheelers were not injured in the accident.

Also on August 10, the driver of a semi was killed in an accident inside the Lowry Tunnel in Minneapolis.

KARE News reports that a truck being driven by 62-year-old Glen Johnson of Wisconsin jackknifed inside the tunnel around 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 94 eastbound, spilling debris across the roadway.

The news source reports that the semi came to a rest on the westbound side of the highway with Johnson trapped inside the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that the tunnel is known for its high volume of traffic and frequency of crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60 people between the ages of 55 to 64 died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota in 2009.