County highway worker killed when hit by tire rim


FOWLER, Ind. (AP) — State safety officials are investigating the death of a northwestern Indiana county highway department worker who was killed when a tire rim blew off a road grader.

The Benton County coroner says 45-year-old Stephen Etter of Oxford was working to repair a split tire rim on the vehicle when it flew off and struck the front of his body.

Coroner John Cox tells WLFI-TV that paramedics worked to revive Etter at the county highway garage in Fowler for about 40 minutes before he was pronounced dead Thursday.

Cox says Etter was a 14-year employee of the highway department in the county northwest of Lafayette. Officials from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration are reviewing the circumstances of Etter’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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