Two people killed in crash at Lincolnway & Bendix identified

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Two people were killed and four others, including a child, were injured in a crash in South Bend.

The collision happened just after 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the intersection of Lincoln Way West and Bendix Drive.

The crash occurred when the driver of a Chrysler 200 allegedly rear-ended a Saturn Ion. This caused a chain reaction crash when the Saturn Ion was pushed into a Chevy Trax, which pushed the Trax into a Ford Focus. The Ford Focus then was pushed into a BMW 750.

The drivers of the Ion, Trax, Focus, and BMW were waiting on Lincoln Way West, all in the eastbound lane, for the light to turn when the collision occurred.

The driver of the Chrysler 200 was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the second car, the Saturn Ion, identified as a 44-year-old man, was taken to the hospital and at last information was in critical condition.

The Ion’s front seat passenger, Tajuanna Norris, 47, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The rear passenger side passenger of the Ion, identified as Tony Griffin, 37, was also pronounced deceased at the scene. A fourth occupant of the Ion, the rear driver side passenger, identified as A 5-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital and at last information was in critical condition.

The driver of the third vehicle, the Chevy Trax sustained minor injuries. The front seat passenger of the Trax also sustained minor injuries.

The fourth car, the Ford Focus, only had one occupant, the driver. He was uninjured.

There was also only one occupant in the fifth vehicle, the BMW 750. He was uninjured.

The St. Joseph County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is investigating factors that led to the crash.

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