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Police and fire

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    Debris and wreckage littered the highway Wednesday as a section of Airport Expressway was closed for the evening after a violent crash left one man dead at the end of a police pursuit.
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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
An Indiana state trooper photographs the scene of the multiple-vehicle crash at Kroemer Road and U.S. 30 on Friday.

Serious crash on U.S. 30 west of I-69

Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Eastbound traffic on U.S. 30 was backed up near the crash scene.

FORT WAYNE – A small girl died Friday following a crash involving a tractor-trailer rig and four other vehicles on U.S. 30 west of Interstate 69, Fort Wayne police said tonight.

The victim was not immediately identified. Five other people were taken to local hospitals, but none were believed in critical condition, police said in a statement.

Police said a Pontiac minivan, a Mercury SUV, a Ford pickup and a Chevrolet pickup were stopped for a traffic light on U.S. 30 West at Kroemer Road about 3:20 p.m. when the truck rig failed to slow or stop and collided with the Pontiac.

The minivan was transporting two small children, including the small girl who died, they said.

The impact caused the Chevrolet pickup to roll over onto its top, police said.

The driver of the rig, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital for a blood test, police said.

Westbound traffic on U.S. 30 remained closed Friday night while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigated. Investigators include city police, the Allen County prosecutor's office and the county coroner's office.

Indiana State Police, the county sheriff's department, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted, police said.

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