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Woman critically injured in accident on I-80/94


Updated: December 9, 2013 8:51PM

A woman was critically injured early Monday when her SUV and a semi-truck collided in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80/94.

Andrea Taylor, 21 of Chicago Ridge, Ill., was driving westbound near the Cline Avenue exit in Gary when her Mountaineer collided with a semi about 2 a.m., Indiana State Police Cpl. Larry Koebcke said.

The SUV spun out of control, hit the inner barrier concrete wall and bounced back into traffic, where it was struck by a semi-truck, Koebcke said.

Taylor was ejected from the vehicle and taken with “critical, life-threatening head injuries” to Community Hospital in Munster, Koebcke said. She was then taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She was apparently not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

Police believe inclement weather may have contributed to the cause of the crash, as road conditions were listed as “snow-covered and slick in spots” when the woman lost control of the SUV. She was the only passenger in the vehicle.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and no citations have been issued, Koebcke said.

Traffic was restricted to the shoulder of the expressway for several hours following the crash, but all lanes were reopened about 4:30 a.m., Koebcke said.

Indiana State Police are investigating the crash.

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