The person who died in the crash has been identified as Rovelo Mejia Raul, 36, according
to the LaPorte County Coroner’s office. The man’s place of residence has not yet been
A driver was standing outside his truck when it was struck by a 2005 Chevrolet cargo
van, which spun out and was struck on the passenger side by a semi-truck, State Police
Public Information Officer Sgt. Glen Fifield said.
The driver of a fourth vehicle, a 2007 GMC truck, while attempting to avoid the
collisions, spun out and stuck the center median wall then then hit the trailer of the
semi-truck, according to police.
“A passenger in the van was declared deceased at the scene by the LaPorte County
Coroner,” Fifield said. “A second passenger in the van was critically injured and was
later flown to Chicago for treatment. A third passenger in the van was initially pinned
in the van and later transported to Franciscan Health Hospital in Michigan City for
Neither the driver of the semi-truck nor the driver of the Dodge Ram were injured,
The crash occurred just east of U.S. 421 and the eastbound lanes of the highway were
closed for four and a half hours Thursday morning for the investigation and cleanup,
Fifield said. Traffic was reportedly backed up for at least two miles.