A two-vehicle crash on the Indiana Toll Road a mile east of the Chesterton exit this morning left five people from Chicago, including a 16-year-old girl, injured, Indiana State Police said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Toyota sport utility vehicle was eastbound in the left lane around 9 a.m. when the 23-year-old male driver from West Jordan, Utah, lost control, went into the median and struck an impact barrel, police said. The SUV continued through the median, entering into the westbound lanes of Interstate Highway 90.
A 1994 Toyota driven by Aida Vasquez, 53 of Chicago, veered right but struck the right side of the SUV. Vasquez’s Toyota then hit a guard rail.
A 16-year-old girl who was a back seat passenger in Vasquez’s Toyota was airlifted from the scene and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with internal injuries, police said.
Vasquez and three other passengers were taken to hospitals.
-- Vasquez was taken to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso with a wrist fracture.
-- Carlos Garcia, 37 of Chicago, was taken to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso complaining of pain.
-- Marisol Barroi, 45 of Chicago, was taken to the same hospital with back and knee pain.
-- Daniela Zapata, 20 of Chicago, was taken to Porter Hospital in Portage with a possible fractured left leg.
The driver of the SUV suffered lacerations and was taken to Porter Hospital in Portage.