LAKE COUNTY — Three people were injured, including a young girl, after a car stopped on Interstate 65 after running out of gas just south of Crown Point, state police said.
Another driver rear-ended the vehicle after not having enough time to react or get out of the way, Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said.
The two-vehicle crash took place in the northbound lanes of I-65 at the 243-mile marker between Lowell and Crown Point at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
A driver headed northbound on I-65 abruptly stopped in the middle of the highway after allegedly running out of gas, Fifield said. The car directly behind her was able to swerve out of the way at the last minute, but the pickup truck behind that one did not have time to move and hit the vehicle directly in the back bumper, he said.
Both drivers and a little girl who was a passenger in the pickup truck were injured in the crash, Fifield said. All three were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital in Crown Point, he said.
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"The little girl was hurt pretty badly," he said.
Indiana State Police troopers have previously encountered the driver who stopped in the middle of the highway earlier Monday, Fifield said.