By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A man from Massachusetts was flown to Fort Wayne for severe burns after a rear-end accident involving three semis on US 30.
At 2:27 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle accident involving three semis on US 30, east of South CR 250E, Warsaw.
A 2016 white Volvo semi, operated by Vlad M. Ardelean, 34, Watertown, Mass., was traveling east on US 30 and did not slow for backed up traffic. This caused Ardelean’s vehicle to rear-end a 2012 white Volvo semi operated by Lucjan J. Kuzinski, 40, Justice, Ill. Kuzinski’s vehicle was then pushed into the rear of a 2020 white Freightliner semi operated by Raymond J. Curtiss, 27, Homewood, Ill. Both Kuzinski and Curtiss were traveling at low speeds due to traffic back-up.
Ardelean’s semi sustained extensive damage, with the load in his semi trapping Ardelean in the vehicle. Ardelean was extricated and flown for medical treatment by Lutheran Air Ambulance for treatment of severe burns to his knee, lower leg and foot area. Kuzinski and Curtiss did not sustain any injuries.
Ardelean and Kuzinski’s vehicles were towed from the scene. Curtiss’ vehicle sustained very minor rear-end damage and was driven from the scene.
Damages are estimated at over $100,000.