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Fort Wayne man killed in I-69 crash

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MARKLE, Ind. (WISH) — A man was killed in a crash Friday evening on I-69 near Markle, Indiana State Police said.

Michael Tuffs, 60, of Fort Wayne, was southbound on the interstate around 6:30 p.m. when his vehicle, a 2002 silver Porsche, experiencing a left rear tire blowout.

Police believe that the blowout caused Tuffs to lose control of his vehicle. The car crashed into the rear of a semi-tractor trailer, then crashed into the center median cables.

Upon arrival, officers found Tuffs unresponsive in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Huntington County coroner.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer, Christopher Posey, 60, of Elwood, was uninjured.

Police say that tire failure is believed to be the only contributing factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.