Passenger van loaded with 16 people crashes, 2 dead

At least two people died in a crash on Leo Road Sunday, October 1, 2017.

LEO, Ind. (WANE) – Two people were killed and several others were hurt early Sunday morning after a van they were riding in crashed.

Emergency crews responded to the 14000 block of State Road 1 near Amstutz Road in Leo just after 2 a.m.

According to Capt. Steve Stone with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, a passenger van with 16 people inside went off the road and hit a tree. Several juveniles were on board.

It’s not clear what caused the driver to crash the van.

Police said two male passengers died in the crash. The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified them as 21-year-old Harvey M. Schwartz and 17-year-old Louis E. Schwartz, both of South Whitley. An autopsy showed the two died of blunt force trauma.

Two other people were taken to a hospital in critical condition, including one who was airlifted via air ambulance.

At least six other people had non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are working to identify the other victims and notify family members.

State Road 1 was closed for several hours while crews investigated the crash.