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Chain reaction crash early today on US 20

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UPDATED: A chain-reaction accident on U.S. Highway 20 in Pine Township today left one of the drivers with serious head trauma and another with a broken collar bone, Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today that the crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. Officers responded to the area of Palko Distributing 4991 E US 20 after a report of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries.

The initial investigation indicates that an eastbound 1999 Pontiac, driven by Robert Huffstodt 55 from Valparaiso, was stopped waiting to turn into Palko Distributing, when he was rear ended by another eastbound vehicle, a 2007 Toyota driven by Eric Keiser 29 from Demotte.

The Pontiac was pushed off the roadway and the Toyota struck an eastbound semi, driven by Leo Lewis 31 of Michigan City.

The Toyota then shot back over the center line and was struck by a westbound vehicle, a 2009 Honda driven by Ann Dyra 49 of Lombard, IL.

Keiser suffered severe head trauma and was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital in Michigan City and later airlifted to South Bend Memorial.

Lewis had complaint of pain to his back, and Dyra suffered a fractured collar bone and internal injuries. Huffstodt had no complaint of injuries.

All lanes of US 20 were closed for 2 hours while the crash was investigated and cleaned up.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, but witness statements indicate that Keiser was driving at an excessive speed prior to the crash, police said in a statement today.




Posted 9/4/2012