A Butler teen was outside his disabled car on a rural county road Thursday night when he was struck by a semi, according to a statement issued by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.
It said that Taylor A. Vandyke, 17, was driving a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire south on County Road 61 shortly before 10 p.m. when the car hit an opossum after turning from County Road 36. It soon broke down on the edge of the road.
The teen’s girlfriend told police that Vandyke switched on the hazard lights; however police said that no lights were working on the exterior of the vehicle.
The truck driver, Brian S. Owens, 57, of Woodland, Penn., told police there was an oncoming vehicle and that he slammed on the brakes but didn’t have room to maneuver around the boy’s car.
The teenager had injuries to his left leg and foot, the sheriff’s department said. He was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital. His condition was not immediately available.