Two men killed in Toll Road accident

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

Two men have died after a horrible accident Tuesday on the Indiana Toll Road. Police say a Toll Road worker was killed when a vehicle hit him.

It happened late Tuesday morning, near mile marker 39. That's east of the Michigan City exit, near Westville.

Indiana State Police say around 11:30 they received calls from other drivers complaining about a Hyundai Sante Fe, driving erratically and speeding.

Moments later the same car managed to ignore several caution signs and rammed into the back of the Toll Road's maintenance truck.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Kevin Standefer, 49, of LaPorte was still inside when it was hit and he was flown to the Michigan City hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

His co-worker, Daniel Miller, 52, was getting out of the truck to pull out a weed whacker, when he was hit and killed immediately.

The driver of the Hyundai, Paul Kimbrugh, 78, was flown to a South Bend hospital, where he died a short time later.

“The driver stayed in the pick-up truck and the passenger got out and went behind the pick-up to get some trimming material out, like a weed whacker, when this guy plowed into the rear of him,” explains Sergeant Ann Wojas from the Indiana State Police.

Traffic in the westbound lanes was closed for two hours and backed up for five miles.

State Police don't know why the driver of the Hyundai was driving erratically.

Toxicology results could provide more information as to whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

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