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Two semis and an SUV crashed near the intersection of S.R. 15 and Old U.S. 20. (Emily Pfund)
Man suffers broken leg after semi truck falls on his SUV
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

A previous version of this story said Old U.S. 20 instead of U.S. 20.

GOSHEN – A Goshen man suffered a broken leg Wednesday afternoon when a semi truck fell on his SUV as he waited at an intersection for a traffic signal to change.

According to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, 63-year-old Bela Koncz of Harwood Heights, Ill. was driving a semi truck southbound on S.R. 15 around 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 when he ran a red light at the intersection of S.R. 15 and U.S. 20.

Koncz struck a semi truck traveling eastbound on U.S. 20 driven by Stephen Graves, 41, of Toledo, Ohio.

Graves' truck then moved south on the roadway and overturned on top of a Honda Pilot that was facing northbound on S.R. 15 waiting to turn left onto U.S. 20.

The driver of the Pilot, 38-year-old Ronald Bontrager of Goshen, was trapped in the vehicle for almost an hour and Jefferson Township firefighters had to remove the vehicle's roof to free him.

Bontrager was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of broken bones in his left leg. Five other passengers in the vehicle were uninjured.

Koncz was issued a citation for disregarding a traffic control device.