Indiana State Police say a 61-year-old DeMotte woman died after a crash that had southbound I-65 south of Crown Point closed to traffic until about 9-o'clock Friday night. Indiana State Police say Sara Bergren of DeMotte had to be extricated from her vehicle and was airlifted from the scene to Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, where she passed away. Officials say a preliminary investigation by Trooper Dennis Simcoe revealed that at approximately 5:21 p,m Friday [October 04, 2013], a 2002 Peterbilt Recovery (big truck) tow truck, driven by Mark S. Rapo, 49 of Portage, Indiana, was south bound on I-65 in the left lane preparing to make a left turn onto the interstate crossover near the 245 mile marker (this is approximately two miles south of the Crown Point exit).
The tow truck was going to a service call for a semi that had lost part of its load on I-65 northbound at the 247 mile marker (Crown Point exit). Witnesses stated the tow truck had its flashing emergency lights turned on as it began to turn into the crossover when it was hit in the rear by a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Bergren. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Police say Rapo was not injured.
All lanes south bound were closed for re-construction of the crash, airlifting of the driver, removal of the Malibu and clean-up of the scene. Motorists need to find alternate routes; expect back-up and long delays in this area. Also assisting were Troopers Brandon Henderson and Danielle Elwood, Sergeant Dan Leslie, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Trooper Dale Turner, and Crown Point Fire and EMS. [Photo/Indiana State Police Lowell]