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BURNS HARBOR — A Merrillville man died of natural causes Wednesday before driving his semi-trailer truck off the road.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said Dragi Petrov, 56, was traveling westbound on U.S. 20 near Salt Creek Road when he apparently had a medical issue. The truck crossed both lanes of traffic before coming to rest on the south side of the road.

Minimal damage was done to the semi-trailer.

Petrov was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room.

An autopsy Thursday showed Petrov died from natural causes and not as a result of the accident.

Another vehicle did suffer damage attempting to avoid the semi-trailer.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.