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Cline ave. EB closed due to accident

11 Dec

Lake County -All lanes east bound at Cline Ave are closed due to three semi’s and one passenger car property damage. One of the semi’s was carrying a pontoon boat which is now on the interstate. Traffic is being diverted off at Indianapolis Boulevard.
Police are asking the motoring traffic to avoid this area; west bound traffic is also backed up because of this crash. We are also experiencing numerous other crashes on I-65 and I-80/94 due to the weather conditions. None of these crashes are serious or involve personal injury.
Roadways within the Lowell District are snow covered, slick and hazardous. The roadways are passable, but motorists must slow down, increase their following distance, avoid sudden lane changes and ensure everyone is buckled up. Additional snow is expected throughout the morning and drivers should expect hazardous conditions.

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.

Thanksgiving Holiday Patrols

7 Nov

In an effort to make the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safer, the Indiana State Police will be joining approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies statewide in participating in the annual Safe Family Travel campaign. Beginning Friday, November 8th and running through Sunday, December 1 the Indiana State Police will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and saturation patrols targeting impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.In 2012, alcohol-impaired driving in Indiana was linked to 150 fatalities (increase from 140 fatalities in 2011) and 2,112 injuries. Alcohol-impaired collisions were less than 3 percent of all Indiana crashes, but accounted for 20.3 percent of Indiana 779 traffic fatalities in 2012.

Roughly six out of ten fatalities in alcohol-impaired collisions were the impaired driver from 2008 to 2012. Approximately 80 percent of serious fatal and incapacitating injuries from alcohol-impaired collisions occurring during the 2008-2012 period were suffered by impaired drivers and their passengers.

Please help do you part to make the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules:
 If you are planning to travel make sure you are well rested
 Avoid tailgating; remember the two-second rule
 Make sure everyone is buckled up
 Put down the electronic devices and drive
 DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
 MOVE OVER / SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway
service vehicles

Driver Arrested in Work Zone after Night of Celebrating

24 Oct

IN Hammond, (Lake County) Early this morning a Beecher, Illinois man out celebrating the evening before disregarded all the traffic control devices in the overnight work zone set up on I-80/94 east bound east of Calumet Avenue.At approximately 3:24 a.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, morning, Sergeant Wanda Clay who was working traffic security for the work zone construction being done overnight on I-80/94 east bound saw a 2005 Ford Explorer drive in between the construction barrels behind her and stop to talk to a construction worker in his vehicle. The exit lane, right and right middle lanes were closed in this area for the overnight construction leaving the left two lanes open for motoring traffic. The area was well posted, with signage, barrels, traffic control devices, construction workers and vehicles.Clay was sitting in the right middle lane in construction with all of her emergency lights activated less than ½ mile from the workers up ahead. As she watched the Explorer come up behind her she thought he might have been a worker until she realized his vehicle didn’t have an amber light on it. The Explorer passed her police car and was approaching a construction semi-tanker loaded with water sitting in right lane as she took off after it. The semi was blocking the Explorer when it attempted to move to the right middle lane to get around it. The semi was able to maneuver itself to block the Explorer as Clay approached to stop it; as there were workers out working in front of the semi.The driver of the Explorer identified as Kyle C. Ohlendorf, 23 of Beecher, Illinois had been out celebrating the night before and stated he was “lost and confused” when he went around the barrels to talk to the first construction worker.Ohlendorf was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in a Work Zone and Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. He was taken to Lake County Jail.

Semi Crash/Fire Closes West Bound Indiana Toll Road

22 Oct

by Vicky Black

user29390-1382469499-media2_f8fff5_240_180_PrsMe_Lake County-A three semi crash resulting in one semi catching fire and seriously injuring the driver has closed west bound I-90
(Indiana Toll Road) traffic. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately 10:55 a.m., this Tuesday, October 22, 2013, morning a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by Dave A. Donervse, 32 of Paw Paw, Michigan was west bound in the right lane just east of the I-80/94/Ripley exit on the Toll Road.
Donervse was following a 2010 Sterling semi pulling double trailers, driven by James E. Filbert, 61 of Boardman, Ohio when traffic ahead slowed down. Donervse was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear trailer of Filbert’s semi. This caused both trailers of Filbert’s semi to crash into each other and caused Donervse to
lose control. Donervse’s Kenworth veered off to the left where it pass a 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Edward W. Bohnke, 52 of New Haven, Indiana that was in the right lane. Donervse’s Kenworth strew debris which hit and damaged Bohnke’s trailer. Donervse’s Kenworth then hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which
caused the semi cab to catch on fire. Two GoodSamaritans were able
to pull Donervse from his cab.

Donervse was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with serious injuries. His tanker was owned by Rose Cartage Services out of Lansing, Illinois and loaded with salt. There was no load lost.

Filbert was treated and released at the scene with a minor injury and his
semi was owned by ABF Freight Systems out of Waterbury, Connecticut.
His trailers were loaded with general freight.Bohnke’s semi was owned
by Reba Transport out of Berne, Indiana and was loaded with furniture.
No load was lost.

Traffic west bound is still closed for investigation of the crash,
clean-up and removal of the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up
of the roadway. Both lanes of traffic are expected to be re-opened shortly.

Semi Crash/Fire Closes West Bound Indiana Toll Road

22 Oct

user29390-1382469499-media2_f8fff5_240_180_PrsMe_Lake County-A three semi crash resulting in one semi catching fire and seriously injuring the driver has closed west bound I-90
(Indiana Toll Road) traffic. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately 10:55 a.m., this Tuesday, October 22, 2013, morning a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by Dave A. Donervse, 32 of Paw Paw, Michigan was west bound in the right lane just east of the I-80/94/Ripley exit on the Toll Road.
Donervse was following a 2010 Sterling semi pulling double trailers, driven by James E. Filbert, 61 of Boardman, Ohio when traffic ahead slowed down. Donervse was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear trailer of Filbert’s semi. This caused both trailers of Filbert’s semi to crash into each other and caused Donervse to
lose control. Donervse’s Kenworth veered off to the left where it pass a 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Edward W. Bohnke, 52 of New Haven, Indiana that was in the right lane. Donervse’s Kenworth strew debris which hit and damaged Bohnke’s trailer. Donervse’s Kenworth then hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which
caused the semi cab to catch on fire. Two GoodSamaritans were able
to pull Donervse from his cab.

Donervse was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with serious injuries. His tanker was owned by Rose Cartage Services out of Lansing, Illinois and loaded with salt. There was no load lost.

Filbert was treated and released at the scene with a minor injury and his
semi was owned by ABF Freight Systems out of Waterbury, Connecticut.
His trailers were loaded with general freight.Bohnke’s semi was owned
by Reba Transport out of Berne, Indiana and was loaded with furniture.
No load was lost.

Traffic west bound is still closed for investigation of the crash,
clean-up and removal of the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up
of the roadway. Both lanes of traffic are expected to be re-opened shortly.