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Two Killed in Motorcycle Crash in LaPorte

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Two people were killed in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, when their bike struck a sport utility vehicle in northwestern Indiana, said authorities.

One of the vehicles allegedly crossed the centerline at U.S. 421 in Westville, 20 miles east of Gary, according to LaPorte County Chief Deputy Coroner, John Sullivan.

J. Ray, 20, of South Haven and A. Esser, 33, of Valparaiso were pronounced dead at the scene. Ray was passenger on the motorcycle driven by Esser, said Sullivan.

Both driver and passenger landed in a soybean field 20 feet away after being thrown from the bike due to the force of the crash.

The driver of the SUV was transported to St. Anthony Memorial Health Center in Michigan City with non-life threatening injuries.