Automobile carrying Rep. Jackie Walorski causes Indiana crash: cops

An SUV carrying U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski crossed the center line of an Indiana highway Wednesday, sparking a head-on collision that killed the representative and three other people, according to new information from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

The law enforcement agency initially told reporters that the second car, driven by Edith Schmucker, 56, of Napanee, Indiana, crossed the center line and caused the collision.

“Information from the initial investigation at the scene regarding the direction of travel of the vehicles was incorrect,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Thursday.

Walorski, 58, was driving a Toyota Rav 4 driven by St. Joseph County Republican Party Chairman Zachery Potts, 27, when the SUV “crossed the center line for unknown reasons,” the sheriff’s office said.

House Representative Jackie Walorski was one of four people killed in a crash on an Indiana highway.
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The two-car crash killed all involved, including U.S. House Representative Jackie Walorski.
The two-car crash killed all involved, including U.S. House Representative Jackie Walorski.
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Walorski's press secretary, Emma Thomson, left, and St. Joseph County Republican Party Chairman Zachery Potts were also in the car with Walorski when he collided.
Walorski’s press secretary, Emma Thomson, left, and St. Joseph County Republican Party Chairman Zachery Potts were also in the car with Walorski when he collided.
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Spokesperson Emma Thomson, 28, was also a passenger in the SUV.

The Toyota hit Schmucker’s Buick LeSabre head-on.

Walorski, Schmucker, Potts and Thomson were killed in the crash.

All four were wearing seat belts, and the airbags in both cars deployed, police said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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