' rel='shortcut icon'/>

Amber Alert

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Mother, son hurt in crash that closes 49

A 32-year-old Valparaiso mother was airlifted to a hospital after a three-vehicle traffic accident Friday morning on Indiana 49. Jennifer Reder was taken to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, Ill., with severe injuries.

A hospital official declined to release information on Reder's condition, citing privacy rules.

Reder was driving a Ford van on Indiana 49 near County Road 260S with her four children in the van.

At about 7:40 a.m., Karrie Pearson, 32, pulled out of a driveway in her Chrysler PT Cruiser and into Reder's path, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

Reder swerved into the northbound lane to avoid hitting Pearson's car.

She then collided head on with a northbound semi-tractor trailer driven by Craig King, 36, of Kouts, police said.

Reder was pinned in her van and was extricated by emergency personnel from Morgan Township and Kouts fire departments.

Reder's 10-year-old son, the front-seat passenger, was taken to Porter hospital in Valparaiso for leg injuries.

Her three other children did not need medical attention.

King, Pearson and Pearson's 10-year-old daughter did not require medical attention at the scene.

Indiana 49 was closed during the investigation until 12:30 p.m.

Traffic charges will be determined by the sheriff's accident reconstruction team when the investigation is complete.Source