A Tippecanoe County woman sustained a head injury in a fiery wreck Saturday involving a van carrying six people on Interstate 65 south of Seymour, police report.
Xiu Rong Shi, 65, of West Lafayette was treated at the scene by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel before being taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, according to a report from Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer.
Shi was a passenger in a 2007 Dodge minivan driven by Dongfan Wu, 39, also of West Lafayette. Four other family members, including two children, also were in the van at the time of the wreck, reported at 2:17 p.m. Saturday near the 45½-mile marker.
Shi, who had been sleeping in the third row of seats in the minivan, was later released from the hospital.
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Wu told police she was driving south when when a tire blew causing her to lose control of the van. The van then struck a guardrail on the east side of the southbound lanes before crossing both southbound lanes and hitting a concrete barrier on the west side of the interstate, Meyer said.
Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle before it caught fire.
The van, however, was fully engulfed when he arrived on the scene, Meyer said. Firefighters with Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department responded and put out the fire, and Howard’s Garage & Wrecker Service in Crothersville towed the minivan away.
Both southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for about an hour as emergency personnel cleanup the crash site. State troopers Kevin Riordan, Brian Wilson and Ed Olibo assisted.