Wrong-Way Driver On Indiana Toll Road Causes Serious Crash
A wrong-way driver caused a serious crash on the Indiana Toll Road, near the 3.8 mile marker eastbound, early Thursday morning. The preliminary investigation indicated that around 4:48 a.m. a Dodge passenger car was travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 3.8. A Honda SUV driven by 43 year old Juan Salazar of Chicago was travelling eastbound in the far left lane when the Dodge collided head-on with the Honda, blocking all eastbound lanes. Salazar was transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Hammond, IN with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Honda, 52 year old Rosa Martinez, of Chicago, was also transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge was transported to a hospital in Gary and then transferred to University of Chicago Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge has not yet been positively identified. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. Eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road were shut down for approximately five hours for removal of the vehicles and reconstruction of the crash.
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