A US lawmaker and three other people were killed in a car accident in the state of Indiana.
Republican Jackie Walorski died in what police said was a head-on collision in Elkhart County at around 12:30 pm on Wednesday.
Ms. Walorski, 58, had represented Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District since 2012.
Police say a northbound passenger car traveled to the left of the center line and collided head-on with a southbound SUV.
The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation.
Ms. Walorski’s communications director, Emma Thomson, 27, and Zachery Potts, 28, a district director for
even the legislator, they were killed, confirmed the sheriff’s office.
The driver of the other vehicle, Edith Schmucker, 56, was pronounced dead on the spot.
Indiana Republican colleague Jim Banks described Ms. Walorski as her “dear friend and one of the greatest civil servants I have ever met.”
He added, “All Jackie did was serve others. She had a heart of gold and I will miss her very much.”
Ms. Walorski and her husband had previously been missionaries in Romania, where they founded a foundation that provided food and medical supplies to poor children.
He worked as a television reporter in South Bend before turning to politics.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, a Democrat who was previously mayor of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted: “Although we come from very different places politically, she was always ready to work together where there was common ground. “.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that Ms. Walorski “passionately brought the voices of her Northern Indiana constituents to Congress and was admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her personal kindness.” .