Chesterton Police are asking any witnesses to a fatal crash during this
morningís rush hour on Ind. 49 to come forward.
One person died and at least two other persons were injured in the six
vehicle accident, which occurred around 8 a.m. at the intersection of
The victimís name was being withheld pending the notification of family.
Capt. George Nelson of the CPD asked anyone who witnessed the accident to
contact Police Chief Dave Cincoski at 926-1136 and provide a statement.
As of deadline today, investigators were unable to say very much about the
chain of events leading to the accident but Nelson did indicate this much:
five of the six vehicles involved appear to have been northbound on Ind. 49
and in the left-turn lane for the Indiana Toll Road, while the sixth vehicle
appears to have been southbound on Ind. 49.
Initial investigation appears to indicate that the southbound vehicle
somehow collided with the leading vehicle in the left-turn lane and a chain
reaction ensued, Nelson told the Chesterton Tribune today.
The southbound motorist was killed, Nelson said.
Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich told the Tribune that one person
was ejected and that firefighters extricated two others, one of whom
sustained apparently serious injuries.
A request for a medi-evac helicopter was initially made and preparations
were under way to clear a landing zone when the helicopter was disregarded,
In addition to the CPD and CFD, the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire
Department responded to the scene as did EMS personnel from Porter hospital.