South Bend man dead after toll road accident

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email


Cleanup after deadly toll crash

The westbound driving lane of the Indiana toll road at milepost 90 has reopened.

It was closed earlier Tuesday so an environmental company could remove soil on the northside of the tollway that was contaminated from a diesel fuel spill that was caused by an accident Monday afternoon.

One person died in that crash.

The driver of a Hyundai was heading eastbound on the toll road when for unknown reasons, crossed the median into oncoming traffic.

The Hyundai then hit a semi box truck head-on.

The driver of the Hyundai, 57-year-old Dennis Freeman of South Bend was killed upon impact.

While the driver of the semi, 33-year-old Kenneth Garlinger Jr. of Plainwell, Michigan was taken to a hospital and released without injuries.

Garlinger tried to swerve to avoid freeman, but was unsuccessful.


Shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, troopers from the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post responded to the report of a personal injury accident on the Indiana Toll Road near the 90 mile marker.

The crash, which occurred in the west bound lanes, shut down traffic for several hours while police and rescue crews attended to the accident.

According to reports, the collision happened after the driver of a 2003 Hyundai apparently crossed through the grass median of the Indiana Toll Road and into the path of a west bound 2007 Freightliner semi box truck.

The driver of the east bound Hyundai, Dennis D. Freeman, 57, of South Bend, was killed on impact.

The driver of the semi box truck, Kenneth Wayne Garlinger Jr., 33, of Plainwell, Michigan, was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was released without any injuries.

Reports indicate that Garlinger attempted to avoid the head on collision by swerving but was unsuccessful.

The Indiana State Police will continue the crash investigation in an effort to determine the reason why Freeman left the east bound lanes of the Toll Road and drove through the grass median.

At this time alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Stay tuned to Newscenter 16 at 11:00 p.m. for a full report and the latest details.

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