All lanes of US 20 near Springville in LaPorte County have reopened after a fatal three-vehicle crash shut down lanes in both directions east of Michigan City late this morning. Coroner John Sullivan says 75 year old Norma Rauschenbach was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma, after her vehicle was rear-ended while attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West. Sullivan says the impact pushed Rauschenbach's vehicle into the eastbound lanes where her car was struck by a second vehicle.
Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.
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