Indiana man killed in crash with semi on I-196

A 50-year-old Indiana man died when his 2013 Honda Accord rear-ended a semi-tractor trailer early Sunday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Jul 6, 2014


Randall Spriggs, 50, of South Bend, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spriggs and the 2013 International semi, driven by Andrew Wember, 45, of Muskegon, were both westbound on I-196 when the crash occurred at 12:09 p.m. Sunday near the Adams Street exit, said Capt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The vehicles were approaching a construction area and the semi had slowed to about 5-10 mph because of a traffic back-up, Kempker said. It is unknown why Spriggs’ car hit the back of the semi.

Police noted just prior to the crash, Central Dispatch received a call that the Spriggs car was weaving about its lane and had crossed over the fog line several times.

The crash is still under investigation.


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People talking on cell phones or texting often weave.


People have to learn to respect semi trucks are used to be a truck driver and I can tell you 99% time truck will win

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All your bases are belong to us.


The Mansfield bars mandated after actress Jane Mansfield was killed (hence the name) are not low or strong enough; they were good in the days when most cars were land yachts made of mostly metal, higher, wider and featured a full length frame however today’s smaller cars without frames, made of more plastic parts than ever tend to bend the bars under enough to compress the suspension and go right under the bar and with enough inertia up to the passenger area where it can crush or behead front seat passengers.


Cruise Control will always do an excellent job of putting the unobservant driver some 100 yards further into an accident situation. A factor perhaps? The prior weaving caused by distraction or medical condition? So many unknowns at the moment.

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Every time someone leaves home, we do expect them to return.

My thoughts also go out to the truck driver, along with emergency service personnel.


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