One dead, 2 injured in Wednesday crash

Staff Writer

    A semi driver is dead and two county residents are hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning near Monroe.
    Mark E. Kirby, 56, Tipp City, Ohio, was killed in the accident that occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and S.R. 124. Kirby, operating a Kenworth semi-tractor trailer rig, was not wearing his seat belt or shoulder harness in the accident and was ejected from his rig following the collision.
    According to a press release issued this morning from the Adams County Sheriff’s department, “The crash involved one semi truck and trailer and two passenger vehicles. There were a total of three victims, of which two were flow by Lutheran Air and Samaritan to a Fort Wayne hospital and one was transported to a Fort Wayne Hospital by EMS.”
    Also involved in the accident and injured were Brandon J. Swygart, 18, Decatur, and Matthew J. Steffen, 25, Geneva. Blood and alcohol tests were administered to both injured drivers following the accident, which remained under investigation this morning by sheriff’s deputies.
    Reports on the condition of Swygart and Steffen were not available as the Daily Democrat went to press today.
    In addition to sheriff’s department personnel, members of the Decatur Police Department, the Monroe Marshal’s office, the Indiana State Police, Monroe Fire and Rescue and the Adams County EMS also responded to the accident.