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Ohio truck driver killed in construction zone crash


Early this morning an Ohio truck driver died after being in a crash on Interstate 65 in Clinton County, Indiana.

The crash involved 3 vehicles around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning in a construction zone near State Road 28/158 exit.

The driver, identified as David K. King, 56, was traveling in a 2013 Freightliner, according to Indiana State Police.

The other 2 vehicles were reported by Trooper Peter Stephens, “A 2007 Freightliner truck driven by Eric L. Woudema, 44 of Rensselaer, Indiana, was NB partially blocking the right lane. He was pulling an actuator with a lighted arrow board on the truck directing traffic into the left lane.”

“A second vehicle, 2015 Chevrolet pickup driven by Troy D. Whitkanack, 47 of Fairbanks, IN was pulling a trailer with two construction workers picking up traffic cones.”

Both Woudema and Whitkanack’s trucks are owned by Milestone Construction out of Indianapolis.

King was allegedly traveling on Interstate 65 when he failed to slow or follow traffic signs leading him to hit the left rear of the actuator. He then sideswiped both Woudema and Whitkanack’s trucks/trailer.

King continued down the road, drove off the right side of the roadway, and then rolled onto its side.

King was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clinton County coroner.

The other drivers were not injured in the crash, and their vehicles are drivable. The trailer on the pickup was destroyed.

Information regarding King’s rig is unavailable at this time.

The investigation is continuing.

Indiana State Police commented “This is a construction area with ample signs and markings along the roadway to notify drivers of the construction ahead. Slow down while traveling through a construction zone.  The life you save may be your own.”


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