Two people were killed, including an Indiana Toll Road maintenance worker, after a crash this morning on I-90 in LaPorte County, Ind., officials said.
In addition to the fatal injuries, another toll road worker was injured in the crash that happened at about 11:30 a.m. at mile marker 39.8 just east of the Michigan City exit, according to Indiana State Police officials.
Police dispatchers had received a call about a speeding, erratic driver traveling west on the roadway and was in the process of dispatching the information to police when the same vehicle, a red 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe, struck the rear of a maintenance pickup truck, officials said.
The pickup truck was parked on the inner shoulder of the westbound lanes with its lights and a lit arrow board activated on the truck, police said. There was a sign behind the pickup warning drivers of workers up ahead, police said.
Daniel J. Miller, 52, of LaPorte who had just been a passenger in the truck, had stepped out and walked behind the truck to retrieve trimming equipment from the truck bed when the Hyundai struck him and the rear of the pickup, according to police.
Miller was pronounced dead by the LaPorte County Coroner. He had worked for the toll road for 17 years, officials said.
Paul A. Kimbrugh, 78 of Coldwater, Mich. and Cape Coral, Fla. who was the driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead after being airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital.
The second maintenance worker who was in the pickup was taken to Saint Anthony's Hospital in Michigan City with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The westbound lanes of the toll road were closed for about two hours.
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