A Knox man died Tuesday after his truck was hit head-on by a Munster woman who was seen driving erratically just before the crash on Ind. 49 near the Kankakee River, police said.

Timothy A. Jacobs, 52, complained of chest pain, was having difficulty breathing and was going in and out of consciousness after the crash, according to a news release from the Jasper County Sheriff's Office. Jacobs was pronounced dead upon arrival at Porter Regional Hospital, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.

Julie M. Dwyer, 43, had injuries to her lower leg and scalp and also was taken to Porter Regional Hospital, police said.

Authorities are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash, police said.

Police responded to the crash about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on Ind. 49 at the bridge over the Kankakee River.

A witness told police a woman, identified as Dwyer, was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot south on Ind. 49 in an erratic manner. The witness was about to call police when Dwyer's Honda sideswiped the guardrail north of the river, police said.

Dwyer's SUV continued south onto the bridge, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2001 Ford F150 truck driven by Jacobs, police said.

Jacobs was fully in the northbound lane and his truck left skid marks on the road before the collision, police said. Both vehicles came to rest on the bridge.

Kouts and Wheatfield firefighters extricated both drivers, police said. Porter County sheriff's police also assisted at the scene.

Because the crash happened on the county line, officials were still working to determine whether any possible charges would be filed in Porter or Jasper County, the release said.


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