Driver: Coughing fit caused fatal Ind. crash

April 11, 2012 11:47:19 AM PDT
An SUV driver in Porter County, Indiana, was killed Tuesday afternoon after a semi driver said he experienced a coughing fit that caused the fatal accident.

Indiana State Police say a 2009 Freightliner pulling double trailers was westbound on U.S. 30 in the right lane around 12:45 p.m. The driver, Roberto Sanchez, 52, of Charlotte N.C., said he had started to cough and couldn't control it. He then realized the light for westbound U.S. 30 had turned red and was unable to stop before he hit an SUV that was southbound on 600 West.

The impact caused the semi and SUV to cross over the grassy median and come to rest in the two left lanes of eastbound U.S. 30.

The driver of the SUV died at the scene. Family has not been notified.

The semi was owned by Old Dominion out of Thomasville, N.C. It was loaded with general freight, no load was loss. Neither Sanchez nor his co-driver, who was asleep, was injured.