The driver of a passenger car that struck a semi-truck while southbound on U.S. 31 on Friday has died.

The driver of a 2006 Mercedes Benz, William H. Everroad, 80, of Columbus, was seriously injured and had to be extricated from his vehicle, said Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.

Everroad was flown by LifeLine medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died from his injuries later that evening, Harris said.

The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Commerce Drive. Investigating officers determined that Everroad, traveling south on U.S. 31, struck the rear of a Columbus Container semi-tractor trailer as it was turning right onto Commerce Drive from National Road, investigators said.

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Columbus police and firefighters temporarily closed the southbound lanes of National Road to investigate the accident.