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Police: Crash victim died from heart attack

A man who suffered minor injuries when his pickup collided with the Old Leesburg Mill last week died later from a heart attack at a Fort Wayne hospital, Indiana State Police said tonight.

Mark Archer, 52, of Leesburg veered off Old Indiana 15 shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, continued east across the railroad tracks and struck an ornamental buggy before colliding with the mill, state police at Bremen said in a statement.

Archer told police he blacked out before the crash, and he was taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne at his request for further examination, the statement said.

Doctors there determined he had had a heart attack, police said, and Archer underwent emergency surgery, but the surgery was unsuccessful and he died.

Police said it was determined that Archer suffered a heart attack before the crash, which caused him to lose consciousness.

They said the Allen County coroner's office ruled the cause of Archer's death was complications from the heart attack, not as the result of the crash.

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