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.