2 semi crash on I-80/94 caused the roadway to be closed for 2 1/2 hours
A 2 semi crash on I-80/94 at the 8.4 mile marker east bound lanes caused the roadway to be closed for 2 1/2 hours this morning. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Carson House revealed that at approximately 2:00 a.m., a black 2012 Freightliner tractor/trailer, driven by David Mangena, 49, of Berrien Springs, MI was east bound in the far right lane. A white 2007 Volvo, driven by Jose Sierra, 55, of Harrison Twp., MI, was pulling a set of double trailers east bound and traveling in the right center lane next to the Freightliner. As the vehicles traveled east, the black Freightliner made an unsafe lane movement to the left, striking the Volvo on the front right side. This caused the Volvo to then strike the left concrete barrier wall and then slide against the wall for approximately 50 yards, coming to rest against the wall. The Freightliner was able to come to a stop on the right shoulder. Both drivers were transported to Northlake Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries. Fatigue is believed to be a factor in this crash. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a contributing factor.
All east bound lanes of the interstate were closed from approximately 1:50-4:30 a.m. for crash cleanup. Assisting at the scene were the Gary Fire Dept/EMS, Indiana State Highway, and Bert’s Towing.
*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*
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