Construction worker dies in north Hamilton County crash


A construction worker is dead after being hit by a by a tractor-trailer in northern Hamilton County.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash after deputies were dispatched to U.S. 31, south of 296th Street, at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Police said a red 2012 Kenworth Semi Tractor-Trailer driven by Brain C. Harris, 43, of Decatur, Ind., was northbound on U.S. 31 in the right lane approximately 1/2 mile south of 296th Street.  Police said Harris said he did not see the construction vehicles, with arrow boards activated, merging traffic into the left lane. He was unable to merge or stop in enough time and rear-ended the construction vehicle with the arrow board. The impact forced the construction vehicle into a construction worker who was working in the roadway.

Medics pronounced the construction worker, Justin Nance, 32, of Anderson, dead at the scene.

The area was closed and traffic diverted to county roads for several hours after the crash.