CROWN POINT, Ind. (WLS) — Two people have been identified as having died after a wrong-way crash in Crown Point, Indiana, on Saturday, authorities said.
Just after noon, Indiana State Police said they were dispatched to an SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on I-65 near mile marker 247 and the US 231 exit ramp.
Multiple agencies, including the Crown Point Fire Department, police and patrol officers, arrived at the scene to discover that the vehicle headed in the wrong direction had struck another vehicle head-on.
A third vehicle then struck the SUV after the initial impact, state police said.
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Preliminary investigation shows that a black 2015 Chevrolet Equinox was involved in a minor damage accident at the Family Express located on US 231 in Crown Point, police said. The driver of the Equinox fled the scene and turned onto I-65 in the wrong direction.
As a result of the accident, both the wrong-way driver and the driver of the vehicle that was struck were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner’s Office. The coroner later identified them as Ali Sebastian, a 28-year-old Crown Point woman, and William Stepp, a 48-year-old Wheatfield man. It is not yet clear which person was driving the wrong way.
The third driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic in the area was closed for hours while police investigated.
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