Tractor Trailer Driver Killed in Indiana Crash

The driver of a tractor trailer was killed after he failed to stop at an intersection on U.S. 30 in Indiana.The 65-year-old driver of a tractor trailer was killed after his big rig hit another truck on U.S. 30 in Kosciusko County, Indiana.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that the accident occurred on June 21 when an 18-wheeler being driven by Roger Schmale of Norfolk, Nebraska, failed to fully stop as he slowed for a red light at the intersection of the interstate and Indiana 13 in Pierceton.

Kosciusko County Fatal Accident Crash Team officials told the news agency that Schmale died from serious head and internal injuries he sustained in the crash. Police said it appeared as if Schmale was going over the posted speed limited at the time of the accident.

The driver of the other truck, 40-year-old William Mendez of Chicago, was reportedly not injured in the collision.

The accident forced traffic to be diverted for about two hours on U.S. 30 as crews cleared the wreckage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 13 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Kosciusko County, Indiana, in 2009.