Hamlet man dies in U.S. 30 traffic crash

HAMLET — A Hamlet man died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident involving a pickup truck and a farm tractor Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Byron A. Mills, 32, of Hamlet, was traveling westbound on U.S. 30 when the pickup truck he was driving hit the backend of a tractor that was pulling a trailer. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, which was west of the Grovertown truck stop on U.S. 30 and in front of 10660 East U.S. 30.
According to Starke County police reports, the tractor was preparing to make a right hand turn into a property that was just west of the truck stop when the westbound pickup, driven by Mills, failed to see the tractor and rear ended it. The impact cause the trailer separate from the tractor and roll down into a ditch.
Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells pronounced Mills dead at the scene. Rannells said it was apparent that Mills died instantly from massive trauma to the head that resulted from the impact and internal injuries.
The driver of the farm tractor was not injured in the crash.
The Indiana State Police Crash reconstructionist assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department at the scene. Other agencies that responded to the scene and lent assistance to the Starke County Sheriff Department were the Starke County EMS, Hamlet Police Department, Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells and the Koontz Lake Fire Department.