Crash on Indiana Toll Road claims two lives

ELKHART COUNTY – Saturday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. , Indiana State Police Dispatch received calls of a crash between two semi trucks on the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 90.5, approximately a mile and a half west of Elkhart exit 92.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Samuel Waterhouse indicates that a 2013 International semi was traveling westbound when, for an unknown reason it crossed the center median and entered the eastbound lanes.  As the vehicle was crossing the eastbound lanes, a semi traveling eastbound stuck the trailer of the International.  This semi caught on fire and became fully engulfed.

The driver of the International was taken to Elkhart General Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the second semi involved was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Eastbound and westbound lanes were shutdown for the crash investigation and removal of the vehicles.  Westbound lanes opened at approximately 2:30 a.m.  Eastbound lanes opened at approximately 6:20 a.m.

Identities of the deceased are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of family.

The investigation of the accident is ongoing.