A Jimtown High School junior, 18-year-old Tylor Lamb, was killed after a morning crash in Elkhart County.
The accident happened on U.S. 33 around 6:40 a.m. Thursday. Officers said Lamb was driving southbound on C.R. 3 when he came to a stop at a stop sign at old U.S 33.
Police said Lamb went to turn left onto the highway as a westbound school bus slowed to turn north onto C.R. 3. The bus blocked Lamb's view of a dump truck driving alongside the school bus. Lamb then turned in front of the truck.
Lamb, who is from Elkhart, was on his way to school in his 1988 Nissan car when the crash happened. He was wearing his seat belt.
The truck driver, 49-year-old Anthony L. Krieger of Sturgis, was driving a Schutan and Sons Incorporated dump truck. Police said Krieger was not injured, but according to a police report, he was taken to the hospital as a precaution due to his company's policy.
Tylor Lamb was a guitar player in the Jimtown High School Jazz Band and a member of the academic super bowl team. He had been a member of the Jimtown band program since the fifth grade.
Students said he was well known and well liked.
"I ate breakfast with him every morning," said Jimtown junior Rachel Bucher as she choked back tears outside the school. "We read books and we talked about different books that we liked. I didn't know him very very well, but he was such a nice guy."
Students said administrators made an announcement to the school over the public address system to notify them of Tylor's death.
"When it was announced over the PA, I've never heard our school so quiet in my life, like it was dead quiet. I've never heard that ever in our school," said Alexis Forddoan. "In our own class when it was announced you'd see people get up crying."
Hours after the accident, Tylor's family was still in disbelief.
"It's so hard to believe he's gone, I got a call this morning and I was in denial for a while," said Tylor's cousin Whitney Dunn as she stood along old U.S. 33 where the accident happened.
As she walked near the scene she found a piece of Tylor's car that still remained along the edge of the road.
"I think I'm just going to keep this because he loved his little car. It was a really old beat up little thing, but he drove it every day," said Dunn.
Usually when Tylor drove his car to school, he also brought along his freshman sister.
"She took the bus and actually both of his sisters were on the bus when they passed this [accident], and on the way to school they kept thinking 'I hope that's not Tyler' and then they got called home from school and they already knew what had happened," said Dunn. "One of them is pretty hysterical right now, she's having a really hard time with it. We all our, but she's probably got it the worst right now."
Jimtown High School and Baugo Community Schools brought in their crisis team to help students for the next few days. The team includes grief counselors and members of the local clergy.
Jimtown High School principal Nathan Dean released the following statement:
"The Jimtown Community has lost a very fine young man this morning. Tylor Lamb was one of those students who just made Jimtown High School a better place to be. Tylor was the type of person that other students are drawn to. His love of music and smiling personality are just a couple of the things that will always be remembered by the people at Jimtown that knew him best. Tylor will be missed greatly and our prayers are with his family and friends."