The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 09, 2020 11:20 pm

One dead, two hurt after vehicle overturns, crashes on I-69

Journal Gazette

One man is dead and two women were taken to a hospital after a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 69 Thursday evening.

Police responded to a call of an accident with party pinned at 7:45 p.m. at the 315 mile marker. Multiple calls to 911 advised a vehicle was on its top and had struck the center median in the northbound lanes of I-69 just north of the Interstate 469 ramp.

When police arrived at the scene, they found three people in the overturned vehicle, possibly pinned or trapped inside, according to a news release from Mark Bieker, police information officer.


Firefighters at the scene worked on freeing the occupants, and paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Two women were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. However, one of the women was downgraded to life-threatening at the hospital. 

All northbound lanes of I-69 were closed and traffic was diverted onto I-469 for about three hours during the investigation of the crash.

Witnesses at the scene told police the vehicle was traveling west on I-469 and after exiting onto the I-69 ramp, failed to negotiate the curve and left the road. It entered a grassy area before correcting back onto the highway, overturning, skidding across three lanes and nearly striking other vehicles before hitting the median, according to the news release.

Fatal accident investigators and air support units were called to the scene to establish any contributing factors in the crash.

The identity of the victim as well as the cause and manner of death will be released at a later time by the Allen County Coroner's Office.

The crash, which is the first traffic fatality in Allen County this year, remains under investigation.


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