LAKE STATION | A Lake Station policeman going to a fight-in-progress call was involved in a crash Saturday that sent four people to the hospital.
Lake Station Police Officer Ryan Haas, 35, of Valparaiso, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle north on Ind. 51 with its emergency lights and sirens on about 8:19 p.m., according to a preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Khari Walton.
Haas was making a left turn onto the north junction of Old Hobart Road when he failed to see a 1999 Fort Mustang driven by Paulette Reed, 44, of Lake Station, that was southbound on Ind. 51, according to the report.
A semi was in the left turn lane of southbound Ind. 51, waiting to make a left turn into a local truck stop. It reportedly obscured the line of sight of the police car and the Mustang. As the police car turned left, it hit the driver's side front of the Mustang, the report said.
Haas, Reed and Reed's two children, who were passengers in her car, were taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart with nonlife-threatening injuries. All four were wearing seat belts.
Lake Station police contacted the state police to handle the investigation.