Woman dies after car dragged under semi

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The woman hospitalized in “extreme” critical condition after a crash on U.S. 30 near the U.S. 33 interchange late Thursday has died.

Luann G. Simon, 54, of Fort Wayne was pronounced dead at a Fort Wayne hospital, just more than a half-hour after police said her vehicle bounced off a concrete media wall and struck a semi neat the U.S. 30 and U.S. 33 interchange around 11:10 p.m.

Police spokesman Michael Joyner said one car was traveling east when it bounced off a concrete median wall and struck a semi. According to witness statements provided to investigators, a second car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the rear of the first car, which caused it to hit the median wall and then collide with the semi.

Investigators believe the car may have been dragged underneath the semi’s trailer for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.

The three vehicles ended up near the exit ramp for U.S. 33.

Fire personnel worked to free Simon from the car, but Joyner said she was unresponsive. Joyner said crews needed 25 minutes to get the woman out.

She was taken to a hospital in “extreme” critical condition. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said she died later of blunt force trauma and ruled her death the county’s 24th traffic death of the year.

Joyner said the truck driver and two people in the second car were not seriously hurt.

U.S. 30 was closed at Kroemer Road near Sweetwater Sound for approximately eight hours. Around 7 a.m., ISP opened up one lane. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Indiana State Police were on scene reconstructing the crash.

Northwest Allen County Schools tweeted their support.

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