Update: injuries reported in today’s crash on U.S. 20

The Ford Escape was pushed several hundred feet off of the road and into a wood line on the north side of U.S. 20.

From WNLP’s Mike Kellems
Emergency responders were dispatched to the 5400 east block of U.S. 20, just west of the Oak Knoll Road intersection at 10 a.m. today in response to a crash that occurred on the highway near Rolling Prairie.

According to emergency responders, a Ford Escape was traveling south on Oak Knoll Road and pulled into the path of a semi tractor-trailer that was traveling west on U.S. 20. Both vehicles left the north side of the highway and came to rest in a wood line that borders a farm field.

Due to the severity of the crash, a medical helicopter was called to the scene as firefighters from Kankakee Township Fire Department worked to extricate the driver of the Ford. A passenger in the Ford was also injured and was transported to South Bend Memorial via ground ambulance. Using extrication equipment and a heavy duty wrecker, it took firefighters about 45 minutes to extricate the driver, who was moved by ambulance to the Lutheran Air medical helicopter, which had landed in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 20 in front of Junction City Truck Stop.

Andrew McGuire, director of La Porte County Emergency Medical Service, was at the scene and assisted with establishing a landing zone. McGuire told WNLP that he was thankful for the coordinated effort between all of the responding agencies that allowed for treatment of the most critical patient at the scene, as well as being able to prepare for the medical helicopter’s arrival. Two La Porte County ambulances responded to the scene, along with off-duty paramedic supervisors.

Because of the equipment used to extricate the crash victim as well as the landing zone needed for the helicopter, the Indiana Department of Transportation responded with crews to temporarily close U.S. 20, both eastbound and westbound between CR-500 East and the intersection of State Rd. 2.

The highway was closed for approximately three hours.


The semi tractor-trailer involved in Tuesday’s crash.


Lutheran Air medical helicopter, bound for South Bend, lifts off with the most critical patient.

3 Responses to “Update: injuries reported in today’s crash on U.S. 20”

  1. sue

    Jul 29. 2020

    Junction city has a state highway sign?? awesome!!

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  2. Emm Kay

    Jul 29. 2020

    Sue… I agree 100%! I think it’s great that INDOT made a sign just for the truck stop plus they have their own lane!

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    • Ray

      Jul 30. 2020

      Way too late for that sign, when the Highway department put them out of business.

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