Lake Station crash closes I-80 for hours
On Tuesday morning near Lake Station all lanes of I-80 westbound at the 16 mile marker were closed for several hours due to a 5 vehicle injury crash. This crash was a secondary crash. Traffic had slowed for a previous crash at the 15.8 mile marker west bound. Officers were on scene of the first crash and their police cars parked on the shoulders with emergency lights activated. As traffic slowed for this crash, a semi-tanker crested the hill at the 16 mile marker at a high rate of speed and rear ended a semi-trailer. This caused a chain reaction of events which included the tanker striking 2 additional vehicles and the semi-trailer vehicle striking another passenger car. The driver of the tanker was transported to a hospital in Gary with in juries as a result of being ejected. He was later flown to Oak Lawn for treatment. No other injuries were sustained by the other drivers. The Indiana State Police would like to remind drivers and occupants of vehicles to use their seat-belts as required by law. Secondary crashes are also often worse than the original crashes. For this reason motorists are reminded to avoid distractions, watch your speed and not to follow too closely.
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