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Photo: Morning rush hour crash on Ind 49 claims a life today

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Fatality confirmed, witnesses needed: One person died during rush-hour this morning in a six-vehicle accident on Ind. 49, Chesterton Police said, and investigators are asking witnesses to the crash to provide a statement to Police Chief Dave Cincoski. The accident occurred around 8 a.m. in the left-turn lane of northbound Ind. 49, immediately south of the intersection of Gateway Blvd. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Cincoski at 926-1136.

(Tribune photo by Kevin Nevers)


Chesterton Police are asking any witnesses to a fatal crash during this morningís rush hour on Ind. 49 to come forward.

One person died and at least two other persons were injured in the six vehicle accident, which occurred around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Gateway Blvd.

The victimís name was being withheld pending the notification of family.

Capt. George Nelson of the CPD asked anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Police Chief Dave Cincoski at 926-1136 and provide a statement.

As of deadline today, investigators were unable to say very much about the chain of events leading to the accident but Nelson did indicate this much: five of the six vehicles involved appear to have been northbound on Ind. 49 and in the left-turn lane for the Indiana Toll Road, while the sixth vehicle appears to have been southbound on Ind. 49.

Initial investigation appears to indicate that the southbound vehicle somehow collided with the leading vehicle in the left-turn lane and a chain reaction ensued, Nelson told the Chesterton Tribune today.

The southbound motorist was killed, Nelson said.

Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich told the Tribune that one person was ejected and that firefighters extricated two others, one of whom sustained apparently serious injuries.

A request for a medi-evac helicopter was initially made and preparations were under way to clear a landing zone when the helicopter was disregarded, Orlich added.

In addition to the CPD and CFD, the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene as did EMS personnel from Porter hospital.


Posted 11/24/2010