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Motorist dies hitting boulder at Indiana Dunes State Park entrance

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Authorities were working this morning to identify a motorist who was killed late Thursday night after crashing his car into the boulder at the entrance to Indiana Dunes State Park.

According to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris, the crash occurred shortly before midnight, when the driver of a 2013 Nissan Altima northbound on Ind. 49 and traveling “at a high rate of speed veered off the road” and struck the large boulder located in the grassy median just south of the old stone guardhouses at the entrance to Dunes State Park.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force injuries, Harris said. The Porter County Sheriff’s Police is investigating the crash and a routine toxicology screen will be conducted, he added.

Also responding to the accident was the Porter Fire Department, which performed extrication of the driver, Fire Chief Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune this morning. Craig said that the Nissan struck the boulder head on with sufficient force to push it backwards some two to three feet.

The driver was wearing his seatbelt and the Nissan’s airbag did deploy, Craig noted.

Prior to the arrival of the PFD--which was battling a house fire on Woodlawn Ave. until just after midnight--the Chesterton FD responded to Dunes State Park and held the scene until relieved.


Posted 10/26/2018




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