A Porter County
Sheriff’s Police deputy was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Saturday
on Ind. 149 in Liberty Township, the Indiana State Police said.
According to the
ISP, at 4:25 p.m. PCSP Deputy Tim Bell, 37, was northbound on Ind. 149 when,
in the area of C.R. 652N, he rear-ended a second vehicle which had stopped
in traffic. The ISP said that the force of the impact drove the second
vehicle into the rear of a third.
The driver of the
second vehicle, a 2017 Subaru Outback, was Edward Allande, 80, of
Valparaiso. The driver of the third vehicle, a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, was
Lawrence Caronch, 20, of Valparaiso.
Allande had to be
extricated from his vehicle, the ISP said, and was subsequently transported
by ambulance from Porter Regional Hospital to Rush Hospital in Chicago with
a head injury. Bell and Caronch were also transported to PRH and later
The ISP said that
Caronch originally stopped on northbound Ind. 149 when he saw a large
lampshade in the middle of the road and that Allande stopped behind him.
Bell--who was driving a fully marked 2015 Ford Explorer--“failed to see that
Allande had stopped his car,” the ISP said.