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Tow truck driver killed in rollover crash on I-69 in Calhoun County

FREDONIA TWP., MI – A tow truck driver was killed Monday afternoon when he lost control of his truck on I-69 and the vehicle rolled into a ditch, police say.

Rescue crews were called at 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 4, to southbound I-69 near F Drive South in Fredonia Township, Calhoun County, for a single-vehicle rollover crash involving a flat-bed tow truck, according to the Michigan State Police.

Crews discovered the driver and sole occupant of the truck, a 36-year-old Ft. Wayne, Indiana man, suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A preliminary investigation indicates the man lost control of the truck after one of its tires suddenly popped, which led the vehicle toward the ditch, where it rolled multiple times, police said.

 

Southbound I-69 was shut down for several hours while police investigated and wreckage was cleared from the scene, police said.

 

The crash remained under investigation. The man’s name was being withheld pending notification of his family police said.

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FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) -- A 36-year-old Fort Wayne, IN, man died while driving south on I-69 when a tire blew, according to Michigan State Police officials. 

 

Police called to the scene just before 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2020, found a flat-bed tow truck, which had rolled several times before stopping in a ditch.

 

The Indiana man, the truck's driver and only occupant, was dead at the scene. He had been southbound on I-69 near F Drive South, in Calhoun County's Fredonia Township, when the crash happened. 

 

The crash investigation and clean-up caused southbound I-69 to close for several hours.

 

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin and further investigation of the crash, according to police.

 

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