December 26, 2008

2 from area die in crash on Indiana toll road

Two Marines from the Toledo area were among four people who died Sunday night when their car crossed the median on the Indiana Toll Road and was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer, Indiana State Police said.

Kyle Sporleder, 20, of Sylvania and Rodney Echelbarger, of Holland whose age was unavailable, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Also killed were Lauren Diefenthaler, 19, of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Aaron Esposito, 23, of Novi, Mich., troopers said.

The car driven by Mr. Esposito was eastbound on the toll road, which is I-80/90 in Indiana, about 8:15 p.m. Sunday when he lost control on snowy pavement, crossed the median, and collided with the truck, troopers said.

The truck driver, Duane Rigdon, 53, of Carlsbad, Okla., was not hurt.

New Carlisle is about 10 miles west of South Bend, Ind.

Source: Toledo Blade

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