DeMotte woman dies after I-65 crash

2013-10-04T20:15:00Z 2013-10-04T22:53:25Z DeMotte woman dies after I-65 crashJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

A DeMotte woman died after crashing into a large tow truck Friday evening on Interstate 65 in Crown Point, police reported.

The two-vehicle crash took place about two miles south of the Crown Point exit about 5:21 p.m. Friday, according to the Indiana State Police.

Sara Bergren, 61, of DeMotte, was injured and was airlifted from the scene. She later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Bergren struck the rear of a large Peterbilt Recovery tow truck. The tow truck, driven by Mark S. Rapo, 49, of Portage, was southbound in the left lane and starting to make a left turn onto the interstate crossover.

Rapo had been summoned on a service call after a semi-trailer truck lost part of its load on I-65 about two miles away in the northbound lanes.

Witnesses told police the tow truck's emergency lights were flashing when it started to turn into the crossover, which is when Bergren's Chevrolet Malibu struck it.

The impact left the Malibu with extensive front-end damage, and firefighters had to use special tools to cut Bergren out of the vehicle.

Rapo was not injured. Bergren did not have any passengers.

The crash shut down all lanes of southbound Interstate 65 south of the Crown Point exit for several hours.

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