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Man dies in crash at I-69, 469

2 women injured when car rolls over

Journal Gazette

A 49-year-old Fort Wayne man died and two women were injured in a crash near Interstate 69 and its northern junction with Interstate 469.

John P. Langin died accidentally from blunt force trauma because of the Thursday night crash, the Allen County coroner's office said Friday.

Langin's death is the first of the year from motor vehicle crashes in the county. Last year, vehicle crashes claimed 40 lives in the county.

The women were taken to a hospital after the one-vehicle crash, police said. Initially, their injuries were described as not life-threatening, but one was later downgraded to having life-threatening injuries.

Authorities were called at 7:45 p.m. to the 315 mile marker. Multiple calls to 911 said a vehicle was on its top and had struck the center median in the northbound lanes of I-69 just north of the I-469 ramp.

Police found three people in the overturned vehicle, possibly pinned or trapped inside, said Mark Bieker, Fort Wayne police public information officer.

Firefighters worked on freeing the occupants, and paramedics pronounced Langin dead at the scene.

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

Witnesses 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, Bieker said.

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, Bieker said.

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