FORT WAYNE – A cargo van carrying human blood was rear-ended Monday morning by a tractor-trailer rig, causing a chain reaction crash, Fort Wayne police said.
One person was hospitalized in fair condition and another person was hurt in the crash about 11:25 a.m. at Coliseum Boulevard and Lake Avenue, according to a statement issued by Sgt. Mark Brooks, a city police spokesman.
The white van was stopped behind other vehicles when it was struck from behind in the crash, which involved five vehicles, the statement said.
The van was reported to contain a load of human blood from the American Red Cross. Officials with the Red Cross were immediately contacted; alternate transport arrived and removed the boxes containing the blood, police said. No human blood from the boxes was believed to be damaged, police said.
The crash tied up northbound traffic on Coliseum for more than an hour, police said, and the truck driver was cited for a traffic infraction.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department and the Indiana State Police also responded to the crash.