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Tippecanoe County, Indiana – June 24, 2013

Police say two truckers were hit and killed Monday when they were struck by a semi while on foot along a Lafayette freeway.

According to troopers with the Indiana State Police, an unidentified trucker was behind the wheel of a semi as it traveled south along Interstate 65. As the semi traveled one mile north Indiana 25 (Exit 175), around 7:15 a.m., he came upon the site where a white semi, belonging to Romeoville, Illinois-based F&S Logistics broke down earlier.

Investigators say a second trucker stopped to help the stranded man. That’s when the third semi approached, fatally striking both subjects on foot.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 500,000 semis and large commercial vehicles were involved in traffic crashes in 2010. Those accidents resulted in injuries to more than 100,000 people and more than 5,000 deaths.

UPDATE: Investigators say trucker who struck the two men on foot belonged to United Parcel Service (UPS) and was operated by 42-year-old Berwyn, Illinois resident Plata Albertico.

UPDATE: The deceased victims have been identified as 31-year-old Romeoville, Illinois resident Tadeusz Wojtaszek and 44-year-old Downers Grove, Illinois resident Marek Dziudek. Authorities have confirmed that warning triangles were placed in front of the stalled semi.

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