Car flips on Borman ramp, driver escapes serious injuries; second crash shears truck hood
Post-Tribune Staff Report January 8, 2014 1:50PM
Emergency personnel look over a Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Shelby Street, 56, of Portage, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Street was merging onto eastbound Interstate-80/94 from southbound Interstate 65 when she lost control on the icy roads. The Mercury went off the road to the right and flipped over the retaining wall landing on its roof. Street had to be extricated and was taken to St. mary Medical Center, Hobart, with non-life threatening injuries to her face, police said. | Indiana State Police photo.
Updated: January 8, 2014 6:25PM
A car going too fast for existing road conditions lost control and flipped over a Borman Expressway retaining wall and onto its roof, according to the Indiana State Police.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Tim Grayson revealed that at approximately 10:05 a.m., Wednesday, a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Shelby Street, 56, of Portage, had just gotten off the Interstate 65 southbound and was merging onto eastbound I-80 in the right lane when she lost control on the icy roads, police said. The Mercury went off the road to the right and flipped over the retaining wall, landing on its roof.
Street, who was wearing her seat belt, had to be extricated from her car. She was taken to Saint Mary Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries to her face, police said.
The Mercury was a total loss.
A short time later, a tractor trailer driver going too fast for road conditions
lost control and wrapped his vehicle around an informational sign that spans the interstate.
At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said Marvin Cook, 56, of Flint, Mich., lost control of his westbound 2010 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, just west of Burns Harbor.
Cook was in the center lane when traffic slowed because of a previous crash. Cook couldn’t slow down and jack-knifed to the left and hit the concrete barrier wall. The tractor jumped over the barrier wall with part of the trailer on top of the barrier wall wrapping around the informational sign.
After the impact, the hood of the tractor flew off into the eastbound lanes and hit a 1998 Honda Accord, driven by Megan Parde, 23 of Schofield, Wis.
Parde and Cook were not injured.
The Freightliner was loaded with 25,000 pounds of food headed to Meijer’s. No load was lost.
Both left lanes eastbound and westbound were closed for removal of the truck and clean up of the diesel fuel that was lost after the semi crashed.
Cook was cited for driving too fast for road conditions and a log book violation. The roads at the time of the crash were still icy and snow packed in areas.