Six injured in Michigan City crash Sunday afternoon

2013-07-22T18:45:00Z 2013-07-22T23:49:17Z Six injured in Michigan City crash Sunday afternoonStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 22, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A LaCrosse man suffered head injuries Sunday afternoon following a rollover crash on U.S. 20 near here.

LaPorte County Police said a second LaCrosse resident inside the same vehicle was airlifted to a Chicago hospital with serious injuries.

Police responded to U.S. 20 and County Line Road about 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Brian McGee, 47, told investigators he was eastbound on the four-lane highway when he had to swerve to avoid a vehicle that pulled out in front of him. Police said his 2001 Chevy Blazer hit a guardrail and flipped over on its roof and continued eastbound upside down.

According to police, McGee's head scraped the pavement as the vehicle traveled upside down.

Leah Downey, 21, was airlifted to a Chicago hospital due to an injury to her back. The extent of her injuries are not known. She complained of pain to her shoulder blades near the spine, police said.

Four other passengers, all from LaCrosse, were also injured. Bridget Downey, 19, suffered abrasions over her entire body; Nicholas Boyd, 21, sustained bruises to his upper arm and shoulder area; and two boys, ages 8 and 5, also had minor injuries, police said.

LaPorte County Police Chief Deputy Jim Sosinski said there was no contact between McGee's SUV and the other vehicle described only as white or silver in color.

"He took evasive measures," said Sosinski, who added the other driver was reported to be a white female who kept going.

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