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Trucker dies in freak crushing accident at Portage Toll Plaza

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A Valley Stream, N.Y., trucker died in a freak accident early this morning at the Portage Plaza of the Indiana Toll Road, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as Jaroslaw Lelis, 47.

According to police, at 2:08 a.m. Lelis was eastbound on the Toll Road when he stopped in lane 4E of the plaza, located at the 24 mile marker, and opened his door to get a ticket. Police said that Lelisí semi-tractor trailer then began to roll backwards and that Lelis was wedged between the driverís door of his rig and a concrete pole.

Lelis sustained massive head trauma, police said, and was transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.


Posted 1/7/2010