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Two die in fiery head-on accident on US 20 here

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Two persons died on Saturday in a fiery head-on crash on U.S. Highway 20 in Porter.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris identified the victims as Eunice Castellanos, 63, of Portage; and Christopher C. Karson, 46, of Portage.

Harris provided the Chesterton Tribune with this account of the accident: around 3:45 p.m. Castellanos, driving a Ford Windstar van, was attempting to merge onto U.S. 20 from Ind. 49 when she entered the westbound lanes going the wrong way and collided with a Chevrolet van in which Karson was a backseat passenger.

Both vans ignited and were fully involved by the time the Porter Fire Department arrived at the scene. The PFD, assisted at the scene by a Chesterton FD engine and tanker, used around 1,400 gallons of water and five gallons of foam to extinguish the blaze, Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig said.

The foam was necessary, Craig added, because burning gasoline from a ruptured fuel tank was mixing with the water and running down the road. Another 1,400 gallons or so were used to wash down the roadway.

Castellanos and Karson were pronounced dead at the scene. Results from routine toxicology screens are pending, Harris said. The driver of the Chevrolet, whom Harris did not identify, was transported to hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The Chevrolet van in which Karson was a passenger was one of four vans in a caravan, Harris added.

Since Friday, May 27, five persons have died in motor vehicle accidents in Duneland: Russell Fanus, 88, of Chesterton, in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Brummitt Road; Ronald Warner, 76, of Chesterton, in a one-vehicle accident on Waverly Road; Michael Jozwiak, 48, of Porter, after losing control of his motorcycle on U.S. 20 near the I-94 interchange; and Castellanos and Karson.


Posted 6/6/2016




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