• May 16, 2017

Kathy Flowers Killed, Several Injured in Gary, IN, Medical Van Accident

Gary, IN -- May 16, 2017, Kathy Flowers was killed and others were injured following an accident where a medical van and a semi collided.

The Gary Police Department received the emergency calls at around 6:00 a.m. at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Rutledge Street.

According to preliminary investigations, a medical transit van from an assisted living home was transporting a few passengers. For reasons which police have not yet determined, the van crossed paths with an 18-wheeler that was traveling along 4th Avenue. This resulted in a collision that caused the van to tip over.

As a result of the accident, 57-year-old Flowers sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Four others, including both drivers and two passengers of the van, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

No charges or citations have been reported, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

From what I can tell through pictures of the scene and details currently available, it would appear the 18-wheeler collided into the passenger side of the medical transport van. Since both roads at this intersection are one-ways, chances are the medical van was either trying to cross over 4th Avenue or trying to turn onto 4th from Rutledge. That being said, this doesn't do much to clear exactly who or what may have caused this accident.

Without a more thorough investigation into the accident, there's no way to be sure of the factors causing the crash. Only once all of the details have been thoroughly examined can any concrete determinations be made. It could be that the truck driver was at fault for this accident, it could be that the driver of the van was at fault--and under certain circumstances, it's possible neither was at fault. For the sake of those most affected by this accident, the cause of this accident must be determined so that the victims and their loved ones can get the justice they deserve for this tragic yet entirely avoidable accident.

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