2 dead after crash involving car and semi

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM EDT
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Speed was said to be a factor in a crash that killed two people and critically injured a third.

A white Nissan Maxima slammed into the back of a semi-truck that was stopped at a red light on S.R. 2 at Quince about 7 a.m. Thursday.

All three occupants of the car were ejected from the vehicle upon impact. Two male adult passengers from Chicago were pronounced dead at the scene while the male adult driver-from South Bend was in critical condition and rushed into surgery.

The driver of the semi wasn’t injured.

There is a mix of car and truck traffic in the area, with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour, and a stop light.

You don’t have to go back far to find the last fatal crash that occurred at the same intersection. In November of 2019 two semi-trucks were stopped at a red light when they were hit from behind by a third semi-truck.

There have also been recent attempts to lessen the danger there.

Rumble strips have been installed where drivers approach the intersection, and the number of speed limit signs were doubled where the speed limit decreases to 50 miles per hour.

“And then we also added three LED flashing lights on top of the ‘signal ahead’ signs, so that now there’s LED lights as well to help signal the people that they need to look at the sign and the sign says there’s a signal ahead,” said INDOT Spokesperson Cassandra Bajek. “So, we are still looking at the area trying to determine if there’s a different long-term solution, but we don’t have an exact plan or a timeline for that yet.”

Records also show that there was a fatal crash at S.R. 2 and Quince in September of 2014.

Police say the intersection will be closed for a while during the investigation and are asking commuters to avoid the area.

St. Joseph County FACT is investigating.

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