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Lake Station police officer involved in Indiana 51 crash

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A Lake Station police officer responding to a fight-in-progress call was involved in a crash on Saturday which sent four people to the hospital.

According to police, at 8:19 p.m. LSPD Officer Ryan Haas, 35, of Valparaiso, was northbound on Ind. 51, in his fully marked 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe squad, its lights and siren activated. Haas was attempting to turn left onto the north junction of Old Hobart Road when he failed to see a 1999 Ford Mustang, driven by Paulette Reed, 44, of Lake Station, southbound on Ind. 51, police said.

Haas struck the front of the Mustang on its driverís side, police said.

Haas, Reed, and Reedís two children were transported to Saint Maryís Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries, police said. All were wearing seatbelts.

Police said that a southbound semi-tractor trailer was in the left turn lane waiting to make a left turn into a local truck stop, obscuring the line of sight from Haasí northbound squad car to Reedís southbound Mustang.

The ISP investigated the crash for the LSPD.



Posted 6/2/2014