Man killed in Indiana Toll Road crash Friday morning

LAPORTE, CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – A crash between a semi and a passenger car has claimed the life of a man. The crash happened near the 50 mile marker in the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road, approximately one mile east of the LaPorte exit.

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police say dispatch received a call of a crash between a semi and a passenger car around 7:13 a.m. Friday morning.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller showed that a red 2013 Hyundai driven by Haifeng Yang, age 36 of South Bend, IN, was traveling west when Yang lost control of the vehicle. A black 2015 Freightliner, driven by Edward Gray, age 54 of Lindenwold, NJ, was also traveling westbound and could not avoid colliding with the Hyundai. The Freightliner hit the Hyundai in the right side, sending it into the north ditch. The Freightliner came to a rest in the center median.

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Gray was uninjured in the crash.
Yang received serious injuries and was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.
A front seat passenger in the Hyundai, Qinglian Li, age 62 of Shanghai, China, received serious and life-threatening injuries. Li was transported to LaPorte Hospital and then transferred to Christ Advocate Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Jucai Li, age 63 of Shanghai, China, was sitting in the right rear side of the Hyundai and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaPorte County Coroner.

 

A two-year old riding in the left rear was securely fastened in a child seat and was uninjured.

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Courtesy: Indiana State Police

The Indiana Toll Road remained opened while reconstruction of the crash was completed by Indiana State Police Reconstructionist, Trooper Lawrence McFarrin.

This crash remains under investigation and alcohol or drugs are not suspected as factors in this crash.