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I-69 traffic reopened north of Parkview Hospital after crash

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 4:55 pm

A man was in critical condition and three other people were in stable condition Wednesday at Parkview Regional Medical Center after a crash that shut down Interstate 69 north of Parkview.

A pickup was T-boned by a southbound sedan, Huntertown Fire Chief Mike Feely said. It wasn't clear Wednesday whether the driver -- whose identity has not been released -- was trying to make a U-turn or perhaps suffered a medical problem or simply lost control of his vehicle, Feely said.

When firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 9:40 a.m., it was reported that the pickup was on fire and an unconscious person was inside. But by the time Feely, the first emergency responder on the scene, arrived, another motorist had used a fire extinguisher to douse flames coming from the engine compartment of the truck, Feely said.

One man was in the truck, and he is critical condition, Feely said. The other three people taken to Parkview did not appear seriously injured, he said, although airbags in the sedan that carried them inflated in the crash, he said.

Around 11 a.m., traffic was backed up for at least 3 miles north of the crash on I-69's southbound lanes. Emergency responders were trying to divert southbound traffic onto DeKalb County Road 11-A at Exit 326, then to Tonkel Road south to Fort Wayne. That also created a long snarl in southbound traffic, extending at least 3 miles north of Exit 326.