1 dead, 2 seriously injured in toll road crash in LaPorte County

Photo and information from Indiana State Police

A man from Shanghai, China, died in a car/semi crash on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, and two others were seriously injured. A 2-year-old was OK after the crash.

The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. near the 50 mile marker. Conditions were icy at the time when the Hyundai’s driver lost control and the semi hit the car in the right side, sending it into a ditch. Both vehicles were westbound.

Jucai Li, 63, of Shanghai, China, was sitting in the right rear side of the car and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaPorte County coroner. Haifeng Yang, 36, of South Bend, was driving the car and sustained serious injuries. He was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. A front-seat passenger in the car, Qinglian Li, 62, of Shanghai, sustained life-threatening injuries. Li was transported to LaPorte Hospital and then transferred to Christ Advocate Hospital in Chicago. A 2-year-old riding in the left rear of the car was securely fastened in a child seat and was uninjured.

The semi’s driver, Edward Gray, 54, of Lindenwold, NJ, was uninjured.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as factors in the crash.

Responding to the crash were Indiana State Police; ISP Reconstructionist, Trooper Lawrence McFarrin; the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office; LaPorte Fire Department; LaPorte County EMS; and Indiana Toll Road Maintenance.

2 Responses to “1 dead, 2 seriously injured in toll road crash in LaPorte County”

  1. The Chief

    Jan 13. 2018

    Maybe its time for LaPorte County to establish a county fire department, utiliizing a combination of paid personnel and volunteers.

    A single agency developed from the current volunteer system, coordinated by a appropriate leadership, would better the citizens of the county.

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  2. Taxman

    Jan 16. 2018

    I love when people try to spend Indiana and La Porte county into broken stupidity like Illinois. Thanks but no thanks. Pehaps Chicago would be better fit. There, you can give them 50% of your money so they can pee it away just like you are advising. Last thing we need is a reason to give government more money.

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