Troopers say the first crash happened around 2 pm Saturday just north of the Remington exit (mile marker 205), when apparently the right tire of a Ford Explorer blew out and the driver lost control, rolling over three times, and ejecting two backseat passengers not wearing seat belts;one, a 20-year-old River Forest, Illinois, man identified as John Malone, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was airlifted with life-threatening injuries.
The second crash happened about an hour later also near Remington (mile marker 201). Troopers say a 21-year-old Valparaiso woman was slowing for the earlier crash when a 20-year-old Wheatfield woman realizing traffic was stopping, swerved, and struck the Ford Explorer the Valparaiso woman was driving, causing it to roll. Police say 51-year-old Melissa Gelinas of Valparaiso who was in the front seat of the Explorer was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma. Police say her daughter who was driving was hospitalized for abrasions.