DeMotte woman killed in I-65 crash
Post-Tribune staff report October 4, 2013 7:22PM
Updated: November 6, 2013 6:15AM
A two-vehicle crash at 5:21 p.m. Friday killed a 61-year old woman from DeMotte and closed all lanes on southbound Interstate 65 two miles south of Crown Point.
According to Indiana State Police Trooper Dennis Simcoe, a 2002 Peterbilt Recovery tow truck driven by Mark S. Rapo, 49, of Portage was heading south in the left lane preparing to make a left turn onto the interstate crossover near the 245 mile marker to respond to a service call for a semi on northbound I-65.
The tow truck’s flashing emergency lights were turned on as it began to turn, Simcoe said, when it was hit in the rear by a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Sara Bergren, of DeMotte.
Bergren was airlifted from the scene to Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., where she died. Rapo was not injured.
All lanes were closed for reconstruction of the crash, removing vehicles and cleanup. Indiana State Police spokeswoman Ann Wojas said the all lanes were reopened about 9 p.m.