A Michigan City man died in a two vehicle accident Monday morning in LaPorte County.
Deputies from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the intersection of U.S. 20 and U.S. 35 at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning to find one driver dead at the scene of the accident. According to a preliminary investigation, 28-year-old Javier A. Florez of Michigan City pulled out into the intersection in his passenger car and 79-year-old Ivan Hickmott of Watervliet, Michigan struck with car with the semi tractor-trailer he was driving.
The impact forced both vehicles across the median and against a guard rail. The collision also caused a large steel coil to break free from the trailer. Cleanup from the crash took the better part of the day. U.S. 20 was reduced to one lane so police could reconstruct the crash scene and clean up debris.
The crash remains under investigation and toxicology test results are pending.