Woman, child die when van hits oncoming tow truck

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman and child were killed and three others badly hurt in a crash involving a tow truck in western Allen County on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, a van carrying six people failed to stop at the intersection of O Day Road and Washington Center Road shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. As a result, the van slammed into an oncoming tow truck.

The Department says a child was ejected from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said 9-year-old Stefany Barrios-Salazar died of blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle crash.

The tow truck driver and three other people from the van were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. One of them – 32-year-old Magali Salazar-Castillo of Fort Wayne – died late Sunday, the coroner’s office said.

Two other occupants of the van were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

The Allen County Coroner will release the identity of the child who died a later time.

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