Police, Patriot Guard Help Crash Victims In Ind.

By Salon Staff

Published January 14, 2012 11:54PM (EST)

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Police and motorcyclists escorting the body of a fallen soldier home from Afghanistan have stopped to pull four people — including 6-year-old twins — from a burning Jeep after a crash in northwest Indiana.

Porter County police say 35-year-old Ana Pina was driving a Jeep carrying her children and mother Saturday when the vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The Jeep caught fire and crossed the median in front of the procession for Spc. Robert J. Tauteris Jr.

Police say a sheriff's deputy, state police trooper and Patriot Guard riders pulled the victims from the wreckage. Four people were hospitalized.

Tauteris was one of four soldiers with an Indiana-based National Guard unit who were killed Jan. 6 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Salon Staff

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