Update: LaPorte woman airlifted after one-car crash on north U.S. 35

Center Township Fire Department photo

A LaPorte woman was airlifted by medical helicopter Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, after her SUV went off U.S. 35, landed in a ditch and overturned.

Rachel Tibbs, 67, was driving her 2014 Ford SUV south in the 3000 north block of U.S. 35 near Schultz Road shortly after 7 a.m. LaPorte County Police said it’s not clear why the car left the highway.

The SUV came to rest on its roof in the ditch and Tibbs was extricated by Center Township volunteer firefighters. Police said Tibbs sustained an “upper body injury” and was flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital by Memorial MedFlight.

U.S. 35 in that area was closed by about an hour after the crash.

Besides sheriff’s police and Center Township firefighters, other emergency responders were LaPorte County EMS and the LaPorte City Police Department.

6 Responses to “Update: LaPorte woman airlifted after one-car crash on north U.S. 35”

  1. steve

    Sep 12. 2018

    Ever think LaPorte Hospital put at risk the citizens of LaPorte and LaPorte County by selling the hospital which now has to airlift some accident victims since they can’t be treated at LaPorte Hospital?

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    • Mike

      Sep 12. 2018

      steve~ you have a very valid point however you don’t know the half of it! Simple fractures are routinely shipped from La Porte to other hospitals. Did you know that when Miller’s Merry Manor had a floor in the hospital and a person in their care needed to be seen in the ER, they’d actually have to call an ambulance to respond and wheel the patient to the ER. Talk about out of control, costly and just plain silly.

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  2. LPisgreat

    Sep 12. 2018

    LaPorte Hospital has never had a trauma center. Anytime trauma is suspected it is preferable to get them to a trauma center ASAP within “the golden hour” for the best outcome. New ownership of the hospital did not change this.

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  3. Jeff

    Sep 13. 2018

    I think it is the new money game in LaPorte county. Let’s see how many people we can bankrupt flying them everywhere. I guess u need to wear a bracelet that says do not medivac.

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  4. Ashley

    Sep 14. 2018

    More importantly, who would WANT to go to LaPorte Hospital if they were injured? No me, that’s for sure!

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  5. lawman

    Sep 14. 2018

    all hospital issues aside-medivacing has been going on for many years-here and ALL around the country!. why take a additional stop at your local hospital if the injuries are beyond their capabilities-time is of essence. as stated above-trauma centers are established for this and not all facilities are trauma centers-THAT DOESN’T MAKE THEM BAD.

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