Rolling Prairie crash under investigation
A major accident occurred in the Rolling Prairie Sunday evening that resulted in four people being seriously injured in a head on crash. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency responders from La Porte County Emergency Medical Service and the Kankakee Fire Department were were dispatched to US 20 just east of CR 300 E for the crash at 6:15 PM. The initial investigation found that a Ford Crown Victoria was traveling eastbound and a Scion was traveling west on US 20. Witnesses reported that the Scion traveled left of center, crossed the centerline and struck the eastbound Ford. The driver of the Ford made an attempt to avoid being struck however was unable to do so; he was initially reported in critical condition and flown by a medical helicopter to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. The three occupants of the Scion, who were teens, were all seriously injured with one, the back seat passenger, reported to be critically injured; she was also flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. It was reported that two of the occupants of the Scion stated that they were changing the radio station when the passenger in the rear of the vehicle noticed they were crossing the centerline and yelled for the driver to correct however it was too late. The 23 year old driver of the Ford, who is a member of the Indiana National Guard and was returning home from weekend duty in Gary, Indiana, stated that he saw the Scion cross the centerline, braked hard and made an attempt to avoid being hit by the westbound vehicle however was unable to do so. A third vehicle that was traveling east on US 20 swerved to avoid the crash and struck a wood post and a garbage can; one occupant of that vehicle complained of pain and sought medical treatment on their own. None of the injuries were considered life threatening.
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