Two persons died on
Saturday in a fiery head-on crash on U.S. Highway 20 in Porter.
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
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.
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
The Chevrolet van
in which Karson was a passenger was one of four vans in a caravan, Harris
Since Friday, May
27, five persons have died in motor vehicle accidents in Duneland: