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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — A head-on collision between a semi and a vehicle Monday on U.S. 30 resulted in one person being airlifted to South Bend Memorial for treatment. 

Porter County sheriff's deputies were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Monday to a crash involving a semi and Ford F-150 pickup truck on U.S. 30 about a 1/4-mile east of County Road 575 East, according to a department news release.

An initial investigation revealed James Sperry, 73, of Hebron, the driver of the F-150, was weaving in and out of traffic along westbound U.S. 30 before he crossed the median into eastbound traffic twice, police said. 

Upon his second crossing of the median, Sperry allegedly struck a semi head on in the left lane. 

The semi truck driver, Fred Hundt, 66, of Knox, told police he was in the right lane right before the crash when he observed another semi in front of him "suddenly switch lanes" and begin to slow down. 

Hundt said he was struck head-on by Sperry's Ford F-150 shortly after Hundt switched to the left lane to avoid a rear-end collision with the semi in front of him, police said. 

Sperry was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital for "incapacitating injuries." Porter County Sheriff spokeswoman Sgt. Jamie Erow did not have a condition update as of Tuesday afternoon.

No citations have been issued. Standard toxicology results are pending, police said.


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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.