UPDATE: Trucker Dies in Surgery After Legs Severed in Crash Caused by Distracted Driving
LaGrange County, IN – A 53-year-old trucker sadly passed away during emergency surgery late last Friday after his legs were severed in a chain reaction crash in Indiana.
According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), truck driver Michael S. Lohman, 53, of Glendale, AZ, succumbed to critical injuries sustained in a crash involving three tractor-trailers on the I-80/90 Toll Road.
The deadly accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near the 118mm, just west of Howe, IN.
An ISP preliminary investigation revealed Lohman was driving an orange 2018 semi-tractor trailer westbound approaching traffic that was stopped due to road construction.
Lohman failed to stop and collided into the rear of a yellow 2021 International (Penske) semi-truck driven by Ben Tehrani, 37, of Brentwood, CA.
A third commercial vehicle, a white 2013 Volvo semi-tractor trailer operated by Elvis Maksuti, 36, of Waukegan, IL, was also struck during the collision, ISP said.
In an update, ISP said further investigation revealed that a primary cause of the crash was distracted driving, specifically, “cellphone usage.”
Also injured in the tragic incident was Lohman’s 12-year-old son.
He was transported from the scene to a nearby hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
He has since been released and reunited with his mother.
Tehrani sustained a “minor injury” to his neck, ISP also reported.
Photos courtesy ISP and Michael Lohman/Facebook