Tow Trucks Line Up To Honor Fallen Semi Service Crew (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

By Emma Koch
By Corinne Rose

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Monday, tow trucks lined the parking lot of the funeral home to honor the two men killed while repairing a disabled semi on the shoulder of I-69.

Last Thursday, a semi traveling south on I-69 side-swiped a disabled semi that was sitting on the right shoulder. Blaine Miller, 67-year-old owner of Blaine Miller Road Service was pronounced dead at the scene. His 19-year-old grandon, Jeff Shelmadine was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to police reports, 25-year-old Tyrek Murphy of Oklahoma City, OK was taken to the hospital with a severed leg below the knee and another pedestrian was also taken to the hospital. Their current conditions are not known. We believe Murphy was the driver of the disabled semi but police report them as pedestrians since they were outside the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Police say the driver of the car carrier that struck the disabled semi was Randy Withrow, 53, of Coldwater MI. He was driving for Transport Company Inc. based in Kansas City, MO. According to police the primary cause of the accident was unsafe lane movement and Withrow doesn't remember anything until after the collision occurred.

Miller and Shelmadine's funerals were Monday morning. Both were active at Baer Field Speedway. Miller was the owner of championship car and Shelmadine was the 2009 Front Wheel Drive Champion.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with daughter and mother Pam and the entire Miller team and their families," Baer Field Speedway said in a release.




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