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Steuben County crash involves stolen pickup, police say

Indiana State Police are searching for the driver of this Dodge pickup that was reported stolen and involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Steuben County. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)
Indiana State Police are searching for the driver of this Dodge pickup that was reported stolen and involved in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Steuben County. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)
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Suspect escaped in another vehicle.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 01:44 pm

The Indiana State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Steuben County that involved a vehicle reported stolen from Auburn. A preliminary investigation by Trooper James Bailey indicated that at about 3:40 p.m., a 1996 Dodge pickup, which had been stolen at around 3 p.m. from Auburn, was traveling northbound on Indiana 327 and began to slow at the intersection, according to a news release.

According to the release the following occurred:

The Dodge then began a left-hand turn onto County Road 500 S when it was struck by a 2016 Ford E350 van that was trying to pass it on the left. The Dodge continued off the northwest corner of the intersection and came to rest in a yard.  The van struck a natural gas utility pole that came partially down with wires in the road.

Police don't know the identity of the Dodge's driver, who reportedly ran and was seen getting into a red passenger vehicle east of the crash scene.  The driver of the van, a 36-year-old Corunna man, refused medical treatment.  Four passengers were in the van and two were taken to Cameron Hospital in Angola for their injuries:  Amanda N. Houck, 21, and Larry Miller, 49, both of rural Orland.  All were said to have been wearing their seat belts during the crash.

This crash remains under investigation and anyone with information on the identity of the driver of the stolen Dodge is asked to contact the Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne at either 1-800-552-0976 or 1-260-432-8661.  Bailey was assisted by the Steuben County Sheriff Department, Hudson Fire Department, Angola Police Department, Steuben County EMS, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Indiana Department of Transportation.



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