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State Police: PCSP squad car rear ended on US 20

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A Porter County Sheriff’s Police deputy was involved in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 20 in Westchester Township on Saturday, caused by another motorist following too closely, the Indiana State Police said.

According to the ISP, at 7:55 a.m. Bruce Kahn, 32, of Michigan City, was eastbound on U.S. 20 when he rear-ended a second vehicle stopped behind the deputy’s fully marked squad car and waiting for the deputy to turn left onto northbound Brummitt Road. The impact of the collision forced the second vehicle into the right lane of U.S. 20 facing northwest, the ISP said. Kahn then continued forward in his 1993 Dodge Dakota, rear-ending the deputy’s squad car, the ISP said.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 2012 Kia Sportage, was Andrea Somodi, 53, of Palos Heights, Ill. The deputy, driving a 2016 Ford Explorer, was identified as Officer Jared Underhill, 33.

Underhill and his K-9 partner were not injured, the ISP said, while Somodi and her passenger, John Somodi, 59, also of Palos Heights, were taken to the Franciscan Alliance ER department in Chesterton with complaints of pain.

Kahn--who escaped injury--was issued a citation for following too closely.

The PCSP asked the ISP to investigate the crash.


Posted 7/17/2017





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