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1 dead in crash on Highway 30 in northwest Indiana

SHARE 1 dead in crash on Highway 30 in northwest Indiana
SHARE 1 dead in crash on Highway 30 in northwest Indiana

A person was killedin a crash Monday on U.S. Highway 30 near Valparaiso, Indiana.

The crash occurred about 1:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 30 near County Road 375, according to the Porter County, Indiana sheriff’s office.

A green 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 19-year-old Crown Point, Indiana man was headed east on Highway 30 approaching County Road 375 when a beige Buick pulled out in front of the Chevrolet, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver of the Buick, Juan G. Sotojirau, 83, was found unresponsive, and was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said. Sotojirau’s wife, who was a passenger in the Buick, was also taken to Porter Regional Hospital, but was airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bendwith life-threatening injuries.

The other driver was not injured, the sheriff’s office said.

The highway was re-opened about 4:10 p.m.

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