Emergency workers work on cleaning up the scene after the Tuesday morning crash at the intersection of U.S. 127 and St. Rd. 81. Elizabeth Klug of New Haven was killed in the crash. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Emergency workers work on cleaning up the scene after the Tuesday morning crash at the intersection of U.S. 127 and St. Rd. 81. Elizabeth Klug of New Haven was killed in the crash. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

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VAN WERT - An Indiana woman lost her life Tuesday morning when the van she was driving was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 127 at the intersection with St. Rd. 81.

Elizabeth Klug, 31, New Haven, Indiana, was northbound on U.S. 127 around 7:45 a.m. when she slowed near the intersection and was struck from behind by a 2007 Kenworth rig. Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway. Klug was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Scott Jarvis.

The cause of the crash is unknown, although there was reported patchy fog around the area Tuesday morning. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the incident.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was Douglas L. Bell, 45, Maria Stein. He was taken to Van Wert Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Klug was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. It is not known whether Bell was wearing his seat belt or not when the accident happened.

Cleanup of the accident scene took several hours. U.S. 127 was closed between St. Rd. 81 and St. Rd. 116 while the cleanup and investigation took place.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office and Ohio City Fire and EMS.