Van hits stolen truck; power pole collapses in Steuben Co. crash

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The Indiana State Police is investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle that caused a power pole to collapse.

A photo of the stolen Dodge truck which was struck by a van at the intersection of Sr 327 and CR 500 S on Thursday, March 16.

State police responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of State Road 327 and County Road 500 South, just north of Helmer, approximately two miles north of the DeKalb County line around 4 p.m. Thursday.

According to ISP, an investigation found that a stolen 1996 Dodge pickup truck which had been stolen from Auburn at 3 p.m. was traveling northbound on SR 327. The driver of the Dodge began a left hand turn onto 500 S when it was struck by a 2016 Ford E350 van was was attempting to go around the truck.

The Dodge continued off the northwest corner of the intersection and came to rest in a yard. The van also left the northwest corner and struck a NIPSCO utility pole, causing the pole to partially come down with wires in the road, the press release said.

The driver of the Dodge ran and was last seen getting into a red passenger vehicle east of the crash scene.

Investigators said the driver of the van refused medical treatment, while the van’s four passengers were taken to an Angola hospital for their injuries.

The power company advised that it would take eight hours to repair the power poles and for the area to be open back to traffic.

Semi traffic is being diverted at US 20 to State Road 4. Local motorists are asked to avoid the area and use other country roads.

The crash is under investigation.