Road worker killed after semi driver fails to merge near construction site in Hamilton County

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. — A road worker was killed after investigators say a semi driver failed to merge before construction and rear-ended a truck on a busy Hamilton County highway Wednesday afternoon. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on US 31 just south of 296th Street around 12:40 p.m. 

Investigators believe a 43-year-old man was driving a red 2012 Kenworth semi northbound on US 31 in the right lane and failed to see the construction vehicles with arrow boards activated that were telling traffic to merge into the left lane. 

The driver was unable to stop in time at the merging point and rear-ended a construction vehicle with the arrow board attached. The impact of the crash forced the vehicle into a construction worker that was working on the road. 

That worker, Justin Nance, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. 

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