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Pickup driver dies in crash with semi

A three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning just south of Auburn claimed the life of a 20-year-old Kendallville man, Indiana State Police said.

A preliminary report indicates that a 2009 International dump truck with a snowplow attached was going east on County Road 50 about 10:15 a.m. when it apparently slid on the snowy, icy roadway and into the intersection with County Road 427, state police at Fort Wayne said in a statement.

The dump truck, driven by 57-year-old Steven A. Westrick of rural Auburn, collided with a southbound 1997 Volvo semi, driven by 38-year-old Daniel Lee Crowell of Lima, Ohio, that was hauling a load of metal, police said.

It said the semi jackknifed and went left of center, striking a northbound 2001 Dodge pickup truck driven by Kenneth Garth Lindley II. State police said Lindley died at the scene.

Neither Westrick nor Crowell were injured in the crash.

County Road 427 was closed at County Road 50 for about five hours, state police said.

Also assisting at the scene were the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, the Auburn Police Department, the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office and the Jackson Township Fire Department.

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