CROWN POINT, Ind. (WLS) -- Two people are dead after a wrong-way crash in Crown Point, Indiana.
Just after noon, Indiana State Police said they were dispatched to an SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on I-65 near mile-marker 247 and the exit ramp for U.S. 231.
Several agencies, including the Crown Point Fire Department, police and troopers, arrived to the scene and discovered that the vehicle that was heading in the wrong direction had struck another vehicle head-on.
A third vehicle then struck the SUV after the initial impact, state police said.
Preliminary investigation shows that a black 2015 Chevrolet Equinox had been involved in a minor damage crash at the Family Express located on U.S. 231 in Crown Point., police said. The driver of the Equinox fled the scene and entered I-65 heading the wrong direction. As a result of the crash, both the wrong way driver and the driver of the vehicle that was struck were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lake County Coroner's Office.
The third driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Traffic in the area was shut down for hours as police investigated.
The identity of those killed has not yet been released.