ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — Three people were killed in a crash on eastbound U.S. 30 at the Allen-Whitley county line Wednesday morning.
Police and medics were called just before 7 a.m. to U.S. 30 and County Line Road on a report of a crash with injuries. There, a semi and three passenger vehicles collided in the intersection.
According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jason Spencer, a semi was traveling westbound on U.S. 30, attempting to turn southbound onto County Line Road. A silver SUV and a red pickup were stopped facing north on County Line Road waiting at the light, Spencer said.
As the semi turned to go south, a yellow passenger car that police said may have been a taxi came through the intersection. The semi hit the yellow passenger car nearly head-on, and pushed the yellow passenger car into the silver SUV, which then hit the red pickup truck, according to Spencer.
Five people were in the yellow passenger car. Three of the passengers were pronounced dead, with the other two in critical condition.
The victims who died were identified as 50-year-old James M. Hagwood of Plymouth, who was driving the vehicle; 59-year-old Sylvia Perales of Warsaw; and 29-year-old Jesse L. Perales of Warsaw. Joseph J. Drummond, 29, of Fort Wayne and Jessica R. Craft, 36, of Silver Lake were hospitalized.
The drivers of the semi, silver SUV, and red pick up truck were checked on scene and denied medical treatment.
The eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 were closed for several hours while police investigated, and the westbound lanes were moving slowly. State police said the highway was reopened around 9:45 a.m.