WANE Staff Reports - WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A fatal crash along U.S. 30 near the Steel Dynamics, Inc. plant briefly closed all lanes of the highway Friday afternoon. All lanes were reopened around 6 p.m.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. at U.S. 30 and C.R. 700 East, just west of the Whitley-Allen County line at the SDI plant property.
A preliminary investigation showed 70-year-old John Stroup of Columbia City was heading east on U.S. 30 and started to turn north onto 700 East. He hit a westbound minivan driven by Darrell Jeffery, 50, of northern Allen County. The impact caused the van to roll over at least once. Jeffery died at the scene. A passenger, Richard Falk, 62, of Ossian, was thrown from the van. He was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another passenger, Lovis Ort, 72, of Fort Wayne, was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Stroup's wife and two children were in the car and were not hurt.