U.S. 20 crash fatal; 2 other adults, 4 children injured
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2013 9:24PM
This is one of the vehicles involved in a fatal two-car crash on U.S. 20 in Porter County on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Two other adults and four children were also injured in the crash, police said, including a 4-year-old whom police have been unable to identify because she can't remember her name. | Photo provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 7, 2013 10:19AM
PINES — A 24-year-old Merrillville woman died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday that sent two other adults and four children to the hospital. Among the injured children is a girl, believed to be 4 to 6 years old, whom police had not yet identified or found relatives for by Tuesday evening.
The crash happened at 4:29 p.m. on U.S. 20, just west of LaPorte County Line Road. First responders noted the road was covered in slush and ice, police said.
A 24-year-old Gary man was driving a gold 1999 Ford Taurus east on U.S. 20 and spun, crossing the center line. The 24-year-old woman who died was in the passenger seat; her door was struck by a westbound, green 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. The unknown girl was in the back seat. Her legs were broken, but her child safety seat prevented worse injury, said Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.
Both the driver and the girl, who is conscious but unable to tell who she is, initially were taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City. The driver, who received life-threatening injuries, was in critical condition and transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. The girl was moved to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
As of Tuesday night, police had not yet been able to reach family members of any of the occupants of the Taurus.
The Trailblazer was driven by a 25-year-old LaPorte woman and contained her three children — an infant, a 3-year-old and a 8-year-old. All were hurt and taken to Franciscan St. Anthony in Michigan City, but their injuries are not life-threatening.
Police continued to investigate the crash Tuesday night.