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7 children, 2 adults injured in northern Indiana crash after driver falls asleep

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The Dodge left the road and down an embankment when it began to flip over, police say, before hitting a tree and going into a drainage ditch culvert with water, coming to a rest on its roof. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police) The Dodge left the road and down an embankment when it began to flip over, police say, before hitting a tree and going into a drainage ditch culvert with water, coming to a rest on its roof. (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seven children and two adults were hurt after a driver fell asleep at the wheel in Indiana.

It happened early Sunday morning on I-80/94 in La Porte County, which is in northern Indiana. 

Indiana State Police said in a news release, preliminary investigation of the crash revealed it happened at 3 a.m. when a Dodge SUV, driven by 31-year-old Blair Beathea of South Bend, Indiana, was driving eastbound on I-80/94 when she fell asleep at the wheel. 

The Dodge left the road and down an embankment when it began to flip over, police say, before hitting a tree and going into a drainage ditch culvert with water, coming to a rest on its roof. 

Beathea was taken to an area hospital with leg and respiratory issues. Her passenger, 23-year-old Alisa Bolden, of Chicago, who was asleep at the time of the crash, was also taken to the hospital with head and facial trauma. 

Police say seven children were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Beathea's children, a 3-year-old girl with injuries to her forehead and hand and a 1-year-old boy with non-life threatening injuries were taken to the hospital.

Bolden's children, an 8-year-old girl complaining of pain, twin 5-year-old boys, one with a dislocated shoulder and head trauma, the other with abrasions and pain, and twin 3-month old girls with non-life threatening injuries were all taken to the hospital. 

According to police, there were only two car seats and one booster seat in the vehicle. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

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