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One dead, one injured after U.S. 30 crash

September 27, 2012

GROVERTOWN — A Pierceton man is dead following an early morning collision Wednesday morning in Grovertown.
Steve Mort, Pierceton, died Wednesday after the vehicle he was in struck a semi carrying a wind turbine propeller.
Starke County dispatch received a call about the collision around 6:11 a.m. CST.
When first responders arrived, they found that a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller was exiting the Grovertown Truck Stop, headed east on U.S. 30.
According to police, the semi’s load stretched across the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and part of the eastbound lanes.
The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop for the semi and drove under the semi-trailer. Mort and his brother, Tim Mort, were trapped in the vehicle underneath the trailer and had to be extricated by Starke County emergency personnel.
Tim Mort was transported to Memorial Hospital and was listed in stable condition as of Wednesday.
Steve Mort was transported to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth then taken to Memorial Hospital where he died from injuries he suffered in the crash.
Traffic on U.S. 30 was stopped for the accident for an extended period of time.
The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Koontz Lake Fire Department, Hamlet Fire Department, Starke County EMS, and Plymouth Paramedics.
This accident is still under investigation by the Starke Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police Department of Transportation Inspectors.

WTCA provided information for this story.

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