Name of wrong-way driver released

Investigators on the scene of a crash on I-69 early Sunday morning.

A semi-truck sits in the ditch following a crash on I-69 Sunday morning.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified the driver of an SUV who was killed when he collided head-on with a semi while going the wrong way on I-69 early Sunday morning.  Kaleb Jay Cox, 23, of Fort Wayne is the 25th person to die in a traffic accident in Allen County in 2014.

According to a press release from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, dispatch received a phone call claiming a white SUV was driving the wrong way on I-69 near the 299 mile marker.

A few minutes later, dispatch took a second call reporting a crash that involved a white SUV, which police could not confirm whether it was the same vehicle. Officers determined the SUV was driving northbound in the southbound lanes and struck a semi-tractor head-on.

A damaged white SUV  sits on the interstate at mile marker 299.
A damaged white SUV sits on the interstate at mile marker 299.

The driver of the semi, a 28-year-old man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was transported to a hospital in fair condition. There were no passengers in either of the vehicles.

Police are waiting for toxicology results to determine if alcohol is a factor in the crash.

Southbound lanes of the interstate between exit 299 and exit 302 were closed for more than five hours while crews cleaned up the scene.

This incident is still under investigation.



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