Three people died
on Thursday in a two-vehicle accident on Ind. 130 in Union Township, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police is reporting.
All three were the
occupants of the same vehicle and all three were residents of Valparaiso.
They have been identified as Mathew Shupe, 17, the driver; Morgan Rodd, 20,
the front-seat passenger; and Olivia Ogiego, 20, the backseat passenger.
police, at 1:35 p.m. Shupe was westbound on Ind. 130 when, west of C.R.
625W, he crossed the center line and his 2001 Ford Focus collided with a
semi-tractor trailer eastbound on Ind. 130.
Shupe and Rodd were
pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Ogiego was airlifted from the
scene via UCAN to an unspecified hospital, where she subsequently died,
“The driver of the
semi truck was not injured, was cooperative, and submitted to a breath test,
subsequently registering 0.00 percent with no alcohol present,” police said.
The Porter County
Reconstruction Team was at the scene investigating the crash and was being
assisted by the Indiana State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Division, which conducted an inspection of the semi.
“Please keep the
families of these victims in your thoughts and prayers during this time,”