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Driver killed in fiery tanker collision in Nappanee identified

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UPDATE: The person that died in the fiery tanker crash, on Friday, May 24, in Nappanee, has been identified. Officials say a truck tanker was travelling southbound on Tomahawk Trail when it went off the road and the driver lost control as it went back on, then slid and caught fire–spinning around. The driver, 50-year-old Jeffrey Kendall of Plymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office. His cause of death was due to thermal injuries. The manner of his death has been ruled “accidental.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The Indiana State Police is assisting the Nappanee Police Department and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office with a fatal crash that occurred early this afternoon in Nappanee.

It was around 12:55 pm on Friday, May 24, when officers with the Nappanee Police Department and an Indiana State Trooper responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Tomahawk Trail near ATC Trailers.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a straight truck tanker was travelling southbound on Tomahawk Trail when it is believed the truck ran off the road to the right and lost control.

As the truck came back onto the roadway, the truck rolled onto the right side and continued to slide southbound. As the truck slid, it caught on fire and spun around coming to rest facing north in the northbound lane.

The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene by the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office.

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