MUNSTER | A Chicago actor died Saturday morning in a crash with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Calumet and Broadmoor avenues, the Lake County coroner's office said.
Bernard G. Yvon, 50, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. of blunt force trauma.
Yvon is a veteran of the Chicago stage who was preparing to appear in a production of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" at the Theatre at the Center beginning next week.
"Audiences just loved him," said William Pullinsi, artistic director for Theatre at the Center.
"Bernie Yvon was a triple threat — an immensely talented singer, dancer, and actor — who solidly delivered in any production that I ever cast him in through the years. He was always upbeat, positive and kind, and the Chicagoland theater community is in deep mourning of a great man," Pullinsi said.
Munster police Lt. Edward Strbjak said the semitruck was northbound on Calumet Avenue when the truck driver hit Yvon's gray Toyota four-door, which was southbound on Calumet and making a left turn onto Broadmoor into the truck's path.
The victim's car was crushed beneath the semi's cab. The two vehicles came to rest in the parking lot of a Fifth Third Bank at the northeast corner of the intersection.
Onlookers, some crying, watched as Munster police and workers from the coroner's office investigated.
Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Motor Carrier Division are assisting in the accident reconstruction and investigation.
Officials held large blue and red tarps over the crash scene as the Lake County coroner's office removed the body.
Ella Ball, 82, watched the scene from across the street outside her son's flower shop on Calumet Avenue. Ball said she was inside Earthly Enchantment on Saturday morning when she heard a loud noise.
"It wasn't like a little bump," she said. "You could hear that it was a horrid crash."
Ball said Saturday's crash was the worst she had seen in the 20 years since her son has owned the flower shop near the busy intersection.
Times reporters Elvia Malagon and William Dolan contributed to this report.
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