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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Traffic backs up along Interstate 469 on Wednesday after a pickup truck crashed through a guardrail on a rural road and landed on the freeway.

Bizarre crash onto freeway kills driver, closes I-469

NEW HAVEN – A man was killed Wednesday after the truck he was driving on a rural road crashed through a guardrail, ramped onto an interstate and overturned.

The driver, who was not identified, was driving east on Parent Road, which is split by Interstate 469. The truck broke through the guardrail at the end of Parent and continued up the embankment to the interstate, where it flipped on its roof, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Chevrolet S-10 came to rest on its top in the southbound lanes of the interstate against the concrete barrier.

Police said the driver of the truck was not wearing a seat belt. It was unclear whether he was thrown from or trapped in the truck.

The cab of the pickup was smashed flush with the truck bed.

No other drivers were involved in the crash, despite the pickup truck having suddenly careened onto the interstate from the rural road.

Parent Road is about halfway between U.S. 24 and Stellhorn Road. The road dead-ends into cul-de-sacs with guardrails on either side of I-469.

Southbound lanes of the interstate were closed from about 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. as police investigated the crash.

Traffic was backed up well beyond its interchange with Indiana 37.

With the sun beating down and heat rising from the freeway, many people decided to leave their cars and wander along the highway or talk with one another until they could move again.

An area in the southbound lanes turned into a landing pad for Samaritan, Parkview’s medical transport helicopter, which arrived before the driver died.

With nothing else to do while they waited, several bystanders grabbed their phones and tablets to snap photos of the helicopter when it left.