JASPER COUNTY | State police believe a Crown Point man fell asleep at the wheel Friday before a crash on Interstate 65 that left three people hospitalized.
Indiana State Police responded at 7:29 p.m. Friday to a report of a rollover crash in the southbound lanes about two miles south of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit in Jasper County, according to a news release.
Keegan Hernandez, 18, was driving a 2005 Pontiac north when he apparently fell asleep, police said.
Hernandez crossed the median and hit a Wilmette, Ill., man driving a 2007 Infinity. He then hit a Cincinnati man driving a 2012 Nissan before stopping in a grassy area on the outside shoulder of the southbound lanes, Master Trooper Russell Hayes said Saturday morning.
Rescue workers had to free Hernandez from his car. Hernandez was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital with a broken pelvis, femur and foot, police said.
The Wilmette man and his passenger were taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point, police said. The Cincinnati man and his passenger refused medical treatment at the scene.
Hernandez was cited for unsafe lane movement, police said.
Emergency responders spent about two hours on the scene, which backed up traffic.