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Crash victim dies from heart attack

A man who suffered minor injuries when his pickup struck the Old Leesburg Mill in Kosciusko County last week died of a heart attack at a Fort Wayne hospital, Indiana State Police said Wednesday.

The truck driven by 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 it collided with the mercantile, state police at Bremen said.

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

Doctors there determined that he had had a heart attack, police said. Archer underwent emergency surgery but later died.

Police said Archer’s heart attack caused him to lose consciousness before the crash.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled the cause of Archer’s death was complications from the heart attack, not the result of the crash, police said.

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