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Wanatah residents killed in U.S. 30 crash

LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

A mother and her teenage son were killed in a crash on U.S. 30 in LaPorte County. Sheriff's deputies say it happened shortly before 8:00 a.m. Tuesday east of Wanatah.

Investigators believe a semi had just pulled out of a truck stop and began heading eastbound, when the trailer detached from the semi-tractor. A 2022 Kia that was heading eastbound then apparently hit the rear of the trailer, killing the driver, Angela J. Oehmen, and her front-seat passenger, Joseph I. Oehmen, both of Wanatah.

Another child in the vehicle was taken to the hospital with an upper body injury. The driver of the semi wasn't hurt.

The crash investigation had eastbound U.S. 30 closed for hours, but all lanes had reopened by noon.