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Ind. trooper, 4 others injured in crash

The Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. — A state trooper responding to an accident and four other people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday in northwestern Indiana's Porter County.

Senior Trooper Glen Fifield suffered a head injury and broken wrist and was taken to a hospital, Indiana State Police said in a news release. He was listed in fair condition at Porter Hospital in Valparaiso.

Fifield, 38, is a 10 year state police veteran.

Police said Fifield was responding to a fatal crash on Indiana 49 with red lights and siren operating when an oncoming Ford F-150 pickup truck that had slowed and moved right was struck from behind by a GMC Sonoma. The GMC then struck the unmarked police car, which went out of control and plowed into a steep ditch earth embankment.

The driver and passenger in the Ford and driver and passenger in the GMC were treated for minor injuries, authorities said.

Ind. 49 was closed in both directions near Porter County Road 500 South for about 90 minutes following the crash, police said.


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