PORTAGE — The driver of semitrailer died after veering off Interstate 94 Wednesday morning, police say.
Paul James Crosby, 30, of Lansing, Michigan was declared dead at the scene, according to Indiana State Police.
Police said the crash occurred about 7:25 a.m. near the Ind. 249 exit. All lanes remained open, with traffic moving freely from the ramp.
A white bobtail tractor was traveling west on I-94 in Portage, preliminary police investigations showed.
The truck then went off the road and hit a guardrail face prior and then crashed into a tree, police said.
When officers found the vehicle in a ditch, they saw the driver trapped in the truck. The man was unresponsive and Porter County coroners determined the man died from blunt force trauma at the scene.
The driver had not been wearing a seat belt, police determined. No other vehicles were involved and there were no other injuries.
The Portage Fire Department, Portage EMS, ISP Reconstruction, Porter County Hazmat, the Porter County Coroner's Office and the Indiana Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.
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