Indiana State Police

2 Killed When Driver Fleeing Crash Causes Wrong-Way Collision on I-65 Near Crown Point

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Two people died Saturday afternoon when a driver fleeing a minor crash caused a wrong-way collision on Interstate 65 near Crown Point, authorities said.

The crash was reported at around noon in the southbound lanes of I-65 near mile marker 248, just one mile north of the U.S. 231 exit, according to Indiana State Police. A preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles, a black Chevrolet Equinox, had been involved in a minor crash at the Family Express gas station on U.S. 231. The driver then fled the scene and entered the interstate, headed the wrong direction and later struck a vehicle, authorities said.

After the crash, a third vehicle struck the SUV, police said. The driver of the Equinox and the driver of the second vehicle were both pronounced dead at the scene. The third driver sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities.

The victims' identities are expected to be released once family is notified by the Lake County Coroner's Office.

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