Times Bulletin Staff Report
VAN WERT - The crash of a tractor-trailer rig on an Indiana Interstate highway has claimed the life of a Van Wert Man. Gary J. Knott, 56, was reportedly driving a semi with a tanker trailer full of an asphalt additive when his truck struck the rear of another truck, jackknifed, spun and rolled over, smashing into a guard rail on I-69 near Anderson, Indiana. Knott was pronounced dead at the scene.The crash happened Wednesday around 8 a.m. just south of exit 222 at the southern edge of Anderson. According to published reports in Indiana, the crash scene was closed down for several hours due to the amount of wreckage strewn across the highway and because some material was leaking from the tank of the wrecked rig.
No information has been released concerning the driver of the other tractor-trailer involved in the crash.
A police spokesman told the media that eyewitnesses reported seeing Knott attempt to pass another truck in the northbound lanes, then swerve and hit the trailer. As Knott's truck jackknifed, it hit the other truck a second time before striking the guardrail on the side of the road.
The truck was owned by Quality Carriers in Lima.
Knott is survived by his wife, Margie, and three children: Nicholas, Benjamin, and Erin. See a complete obituary on page A2 of today's Times Bulletin.