Truck driver chokes on cough drop, crashes into Indiana church

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (WLS) -- Indiana State Police said a semi pulling a flatbed trailer crashed through the Living Hope Church in Delaware County after the driver choked on a cough drop.

State police said a trooper driving southbound on I-69 when he saw cars pulling onto the shoulder. One of those drivers pointed across the road, where the trooper saw the truck had just runt hrough the church. The driver was outside of the truck with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Daniel Castel, 44, of Roseville, Mich., told them the last thing he remembered was choking on a cough drop as he drove northbound on the interstate. He ran through the interstate fence, across Delaware County Road 900 W and then crashed through the church.

No one was in the church at the time. Castel was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

A four car-crash occurred on northbound I-69 as people slowed down to gawk at the scene, police said.

Indiana State Police are investigating.

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