STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - Two people were killed in a crash involving a state trooper who was responding to a separate crash on the Indiana Toll Road.
State police say Trooper Jacob Bill and Trooper Osbaldo Regalado were responding to a crash around 4 p.m. in fully marked state police cruisers with emergency lights and sirens activated.
The troopers were traveling west in the left lane of the toll road near the 148 mile marker with Regalado trailing Bill. Investigators say it appears Regalado made an evasive maneuver to avoid traffic slowing in front of the troopers and struck the rear of a white Ford Freestyle. Both vehicles traveled off the roadway to the right and struck a guardrail, sustaining very heavy damage in that collision.
The driver of the SUV, 76-year-old Terry Wentworth of Mishawaka, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wentworth's passenger, his 74-year-old wife Gloria, was treated by paramedics who called for a medical helicopter, but she also died at the scene.
Regalado was taken by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation, which is still ongoing, will be handed over to the Steuben County Prosecutor's Office for review once it is completed.