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Driver Seriously Injured in Crash on 80/94

9 Dec

Gazette Staff

Lake County, Hammond-A driver was seriously injured early this Monday, December 9th, 2013 morning, when they lost control of the car they were driving.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Holmen revealed that at approximately 1:55 a.m., a black 2000 Mercury Mountaineer was west bound on I-80/94 just east of Cline Avenue when the driver was going too fast for road conditions (snow covered and slick in spots) and lost control. The Mountaineer spun out, went off the road and hit the inner barrier concrete wall. This caused the Mountaineer to bounce back onto I-80/94 where it came to rest in the middle lane.

A 2000 Freightliner pulling a soft sided trailer, owned by Vans Delivery Service out of Grand Rapids, Michigan and loaded with building material, driven by Michael W. Wilkins, 42 of Delton, Michigan was west bound and could not avoid the Mountaineer. The Freightliner after hitting the Mercury went off the road hit the inner shoulder concrete barrier wall and came to rest in the left lane.

The driver of the Mountaineer was ejected from the Mountaineer and came to rest in the left lane of the roadway. The driver was taken to Munster Community Hospital in Munster with critical life threatening head injuries. Family has NOT been notified. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Wilkins was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries.

All lanes west bound were closed with traffic getting by on the outer shoulder until approximately 04:30 a.m. when all lanes were reopened. The lanes were closed for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured and vehicles and clean-up of the roadway.

Additional information concerning the Mercury’s driver will be forthcoming after family has been contacted.

UPDATE:  Driver has been identified as Andrea Taylor, 21 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Taylor was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn from Munster Community Hospital.