4 youngsters injured in an accident on the toll street
STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – Four children were injured in a single vehicle crash on Indiana Toll Road Thursday afternoon.
A minivan ran off the road into the middle average and then rolled over several times.
The driver and his four children, ages 2 to 9, were injured. Two children were flown to Fort Wayne, and the father and the other two children were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
(Steuben County, IN) – At around 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Indiana State Police toll road soldiers responded to a single vehicle accident on Indiana I-90 Toll Road near the 135 mile marker going west, Steuben County, Indiana.
On arrival, the soldiers found a blue 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan that had crashed with serious damage on average. The single vehicle accident resulted in the male driver and his four children (ages 2 to 9 years old) being injured, with injuries varying from mild to severe. Two of the children were flown from the scene to a hospital in the Fort Wayne area in a Parkview Samaritan helicopter, with the father and two other children being taken to the same hospital in an ambulance.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Tony Lomonaco found that Luke Christopher Peterson, 43, of Cleveland, Ohio, was driving the Dodge minivan west on I-90 at high speed before losing control. The minivan ran off the road into the middle area and then rolled several times before settling down.
Witnesses said they watched the Dodge minivan recklessly drive at high speed and enter and exit traffic prior to the accident. Witnesses also stated that the minivan turned to avoid hitting the rear of a trailer truck before it ran into the median.
Soldier Lomonaco was unable to immediately determine whether seat belts were being used because the driver and all four children were out of the vehicle upon arrival. There were no child seats or child seats in the vehicle, but airbags were deployed.
Traffic on the I-90 toll road had to be temporarily suspended in both directions for almost two hours while soldiers and first responders directed the scene.
Both excessive speed and alcohol are suspected factors in the crash and therefore remain an active and ongoing investigation. After a thorough investigation has been completed, the public prosecutor of the Steuben district is presented with a complete report to review and establish the indictment to be filed.
Master Trooper Lomonaco was assisted on site by Trooper (s) Brandon Johnson, Nick Anderson and Kody Buell, Steuben County’s Sheriff’s Department, Orland Police, Orland Fire and EMS, Parkview Samaritan and Bill’s Towing Service.
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