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4-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 sends 5 to hospital, police say
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4-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 sends 5 to hospital, police say

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4-vehicle crash sends 5 to hospital

A four-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 sent numerous people to the hospital Wednesday evening, including three inmates who were being transported by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

LAPORTE COUNTY — A four-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 sent five people to the hospital Wednesday evening, including three inmates who were being transported by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Just before noon, Jennifer Langguth, 49, of Wanatah, was traveling south in rural Clinton Township when a vehicle in front of her slowed to turn into a driveway, police said. Langguth slowed her car in response, and as the vehicle turned, she went to accelerate and was rear-ended by the Tippecanoe County vehicle, driven by Thomas Welcher, 65, of Lafayette.

Soon, Welcher also was struck from behind by a dump truck, police said. The driver — James Surgeon, 37, of Walkerton — told police he tried to stop, but was unable to do so. 

Moments later, a second dump truck then crashed into Surgeon's vehicle. Like Surgeon, driver Braxton Haney, 28, of Westville, said he attempted to slow down, but couldn't.

Police said the three inmates being transported in the Tippecanoe County vehicle all were injured in their upper bodies. The three — Zachary Robbins, 28; Iram Simpson, 35; and Donte Kidd, 54 — were taken to a hospital. Welcher and Haney also were transported for treatment of upper body injuries.

Recent arrests booked into LaPorte County Jail

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.

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