An Ohio man working on his semitrailer along Interstate 65 was killed after another truck hit the trailer, police report.
Daniel Cosma, 41, of North Royalton was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Michael Bobb.
Around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-65 north of Seymour.
The initial investigation by troopers with the Indiana State Police Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicates a 2001 Volvo truck pulling a trailer, driven by Cosma, was traveling southbound on I-65 near the 53-mile-marker.
Cosma apparently had a mechanical issue with the truck while driving in the construction zone and stopped it in the right lane of the interstate due to there not being a shoulder in the area, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Versailles Post.
While stopped in the roadway, Cosma’s trailer was struck by a 2015 Volvo truck pulling a trailer, driven by Donald Nicholl, 31, of Decatur, Georgia.
The impact forced Cosma’s truck into him as he was outside working on it, Wheeles said. Cosma suffered fatal injuries, while Nicholl was not injured in the collision.
Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash, although toxicology results are pending, Wheeles said. The investigation is ongoing.
The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
Assisting at the scene were the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Fire Department, Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Jackson County Coroner’s Office and 31 Wrecker Service.