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Girl in critical condition after four-vehicle accident

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 7:46 pm

A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition after a vehicle rear-ended three others stopped at a red light Sunday afternoon at Illinois Road and Magnavox Way.

At about 2:58 p.m., the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash with injuries. Preliminary reports indicate three of the vehicles were traveling eastbound on Illinois and were stopped for the traffic light at Magnavox Way, according to a news release from FWPD spokesman Officer Jason Anthony. The fourth vehicle involved was traveling eastbound on Illinois Road, failed to stop for the traffic light, and rear-ended the other three vehicles that were stopped for the traffic light, according to the news release.

Occupants in two of the vehicles were uninjured. The girl and a woman in one of the vehicles were taken to a local hospital by paramedics. The woman was taken in stable condition while the girl was initially reported in serious condition. Her condition was later downgraded to critical condition by a physician at the hospital, according to the release.

The male adult driver who rear-ended the vehicles complained of pain and was taken by family members to a local hospital. It has not been determined if any of the victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. It did not appear that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, according to the news release.

A portion of the eastbound lanes on Illinois were closed while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigated the crash. The lanes were reopened at around 6:48 p.m. The crash remains under investigation by the FWPD and the Allen County prosecutor's office.