LEESBURG, Ind. (WANE) A driver was ejected and killed after crashing into a grain truck in Kosciusko County midday Monday.
Police and medics were called just after 12:30 p.m. to the intersection of County Road 700 North and County Road 200 East, east of Leesburg, on a report of a vehicle crash there. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies and Leesburg/Plain Township firemen arrived to find a black 2002 Ford pickup truck and a 1998 Freightliner semi pulling a load of grain had collided.
The driver of the pickup truck, David E. Holbrook, 70, was ejected in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the grain truck, Wayne L. Sholtey, 74, Syracuse, was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition.
A preliminary investigation of the crash by Kosciusko County (F.A.C.T.) team reconstructionist has determined that Holbrook had been traveling southbound on County Road 200 East and failed to stop at the intersection of County Road 700 North. Holbrook’s pickup truck struck the passenger’s side of Shotley’s grain truck, causing it to roll over and come to rest on it’s side, according to the press release.
The F.A.C.T. team was assisted by the Leesburg/Plain Township Fire Department, Lutertan Kosciusko E.M.S., and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.