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Road worker and motorist die in Indiana Toll Road crash

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A road worker and a motorist died on Tuesday in a two-vehicle accident on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County, the Indiana State Police said.

The victims have been identified as Daniel J. Miller, 52, of LaPorte, a 17-year employee of the Toll Road; and Paul A. Kimbrugh, 78, with addresses in Coldwater, Mich., and Cape Coral, Fla., police said.

According to police, at 11:30 a.m. Kimbrugh—who reportedly had been speeding and driving erractically—was westbound at the 39.8 mile marker, just east of the Michigan City exit, when his 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe rear-ended a pickup truck parked on the inner shoulder.

Miller had just exited the pickup to fetch maintenance equipment from the bed. Police said that the pickup had activated warning lights and an illuminated arrow board on it. “There was also signage behind the pickup warning westbound traffic of workers up ahead,” police said.

Kimbrugh was airlifted from the scene to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he died of his injuries.

Also injured was the driver of the pickup truck, Kevin Standefer, 49, of LaPorte, police said. He was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City with non-life threatening injuries.





Posted 10/3/2012