A trucker outside
his rig and securing his cargo at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility was
apparently struck and fatally injured by another semi on Friday, Burns
Harbor Police said.
The victim was
identified as Kevin J. Campbell, 69, of Crown Point.
According to the
crash report completed by the BHPD and released after deadline on Monday to
the Chesterton Tribune, Campbell was found shortly after 11:30 a.m.
Friday at Hot Strip Shipping Door 5028, with “significant injuries to his
airlifted to an unspecified hospital where--ArcelorMittal has since
confirmed--he subsequently died of his injuries.
manager advised the BHPD that “the crash had not been witnessed by anyone to
his knowledge and that there are no cameras in that area that would have
captured the crash either.” The manager further advised that, “at the time
Mr. Campbell was found, they were unaware that he had been struck by a motor
however, conduct “an internal investigation,” concluding that Campbell “most
likely” had been struck by a particular semi--a “white truck”--which
witnesses stated had been parked next to Campbell’s own semi, the BHPD said.
That white truck had left the plant at 11:30 a.m. but was later recalled.
At 2:53 p.m.
Friday, ArcelorMittal reported the incident to the BHPD and shortly
thereafter officers interviewed the driver of the white truck, who stated
“that he was unaware that a crash had occurred” and “was not notified until
he was in Michigan to deliver the cargo he had obtained from the mill,” the
investigation of the incident is ongoing, Town Marshall Mike Heckman told
the Tribune. Evidence from the white truck has been collected but
Heckman was unable to say with certainty yet whether in fact that truck was
involved in the accident.
released the following statement today: “ArcelorMittal is saddened to
confirm that the independent truck driver who was involved in an incident
with another truck driver at our Burns Harbor facility has passed away. The
ArcelorMittal family extends our sympathies to the family and friends of the