FWPD officer in ‘serious but stable’ condition after I-469 crash that left vehicle on fire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) officer is in serious condition Wednesday evening after a single-vehicle crash on I-469 left the officer’s vehicle engulfed in flames.

Police sent out a mobile alert around 6:30 p.m. warning drivers to avoid the northbound lanes of I-469 west of Maplecrest Road due to a crash.

A WANE 15 viewer who drove past the crash scene shared a photo of the FWPD vehicle after it caught fire.

FWPD later told radio station WANE 15 that the officer was driving his patrol car through a construction site, hit a hole in the road and lost control of the vehicle.

According to FWPD, the vehicle caught fire during the accident, but the officer managed to get out on his own.

The officer’s condition is currently “serious but stable.”

Google Maps showed northbound traffic blocked from where I-469 crosses the St. Joseph River to eastbound Maplecrest Road shortly after the crash, but traffic appeared to be flowing again by 7:30 p.m.