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Eight Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Crash; Drunk Driver Suspected

severely damaged car after traffic crash

According to WNDU, eight people required hospitalization following a massive injury accident involving three vehicles in La Porte, Indiana, on Thursday night.

Good Samaritan Pedestrian Among the Injured

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 35 near CR 400 S at around 7:30 p.m. local time when two vehicles were involved in a crash. Officials say a southbound Jeep on U.S. 35 attempting to turn onto CR 400 S struck an SUV heading north on the highway. Moments later, a pickup truck also heading north crashed into one of the vehicles.

A pedestrian that witnessed the initial crash ran from her residence to check on the occupants when she was hit by a vehicle during the second collision, reports WNDU. The pedestrian sustained more serious injuries than the occupants in the vehicular crash and was airlifted to South Bend Memorial for treatment.

Seven occupants in the wreck sustained injuries in the wreck and were taken to La Porte Hospital. According to WNDU, none of the injuries suffered in the crash were life threatening.

WNDU reports that the driver of the pickup truck was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. Officials say 32-year-old Shawn Bowerson had a blood alcohol content of .12 when tested after the injury accident. A special crash reconstruction team has been called in to assist authorities with putting together the sequence of events of the wreck. The investigation is ongoing.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

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