Two killed in I-69 crash known by racers in Fort Wayne area

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Authorities say two men killed when a semitrailer sideswiped a semitrailer being repaired on the side of Interstate 69 were well known in the Fort Wayne auto racing community.

The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel reported that Baer Field Speedway announced the two dead were championship car owner Blaine Miller and his grandson, 2009 front-wheel drive champion Jeff Shelmadine. The statement from Baer Field Speedway said Miller was the founder of Blaine Miller Road Service and was assisting a broken-down semi on the west side of the interstate when the truck was hit.

Baer Field Speedway promoter Jon Raney says Shelmadine was new to his grandfather's road service business.

Two others were critically injured in the crash, closed all southbound lanes just north of Fort Wayne for about three hours Thursday.

WPTA-TV reports four people standing by the disabled semi were struck in the crash and one of them was dragged under the semitrailer that was moving at the time of the crash. It says that person died at the scene.

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