Indiana State Police
I-69 crash victims flown to Fort Wayne
The Journal Gazette
A trailer broke loose from a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 69 Friday, hitting a mini-van carrying a family of three.
Indiana State Police said that a 2004 Ford Excursion pulling the 20-foot trailer was going south in Grant County when the trailer got loose shortly before 11 a.m., crossed the median and into then van going south. A northbound 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig owned by Schneider Trucking and driven by Davis R. Williams, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., attempted to avoid the wreckage, but struck the trailer.
The crash, one mile north of the Fairmont exit, injured the occupants of the mini-van. The driver, Thomas R. Gough, 40, and his wife Jane, 42, were flown to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Their 5-year-old son Aiden was transported to Parkview by ambulance. They are from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada.
No other injuries were reported.
Jason R. Rathjen, 32, of Attica, Mich., was driving the Excursion.
Northbound I-69 was closed for about two hours.