Broken Down Big Rig Leads to Ohio Trucker’s Untimely Death
Seymour, IN – An Ohio trucker lost his life on Thursday along Interstate 65 after his disabled big rig was struck by another tractor-trailer.
The deadly incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near the 53 mile marker, just north of Seymour, Indiana.
Indiana State Police (ISP) crash investigators indicated truck driver Daniel Cosma, 41, of North Royalton, Ohio experienced a mechanical issue with his 2001 Volvo semi-truck while operating through a construction zone.
He stopped the truck in the right lane of I-65 because there is not a shoulder in the area, ISP said.
Cosma then exited his truck to check the issue.
Shortly thereafter, ISP says a 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer, driven by Donald Nicholl, 31, of Decatur, Georgia smashed into the rear of Cosma’s trailer.
The impact from the collision caused Cosma’s vehicle to strike him.
Sadly, Cosma suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Nicholl was not injured, ISP said.
Authorities closed part of I-65 until about 1 p.m. as emergency crews worked to clear the tragic scene.
As for Nicholl, it is unclear if he will face any charges.
ISP said alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash although toxicology results are still pending.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this developing story.
Photos courtesy of ISP and WLKY