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Crashes punctuate start of weekend

Lauren Kinney 31 Portage had be extricated from her car after an early morning crash Saturday March 1 2014 Interstate

Lauren Kinney, 31 of Portage, had to be extricated from her car after an early morning crash Saturday, March 1, 2014, on Interstate 80-94 at Cline Avenue in Hammmond. | Indiana State Police photo

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Updated: April 3, 2014 7:03AM



Icy conditions were blamed for several accidents on area highways Saturday morning.

The Indiana State Police said only one accident caused an injury, and they will charge the woman involved with Class D felony operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction.

They identified the woman as Lauren Kinney, 31, of Portage, who allegedly ran her 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer off a ramp while driving from eastbound Interstate 80/94 to northbound Cline Avenue in Hammond about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Her vehicle went about 80 yards through a grassy field before it hit an overpass bridge abutment, police said.

Indiana State Police Trooper John Holmen found Kinney trapped in her vehicle, and the Gary Fire Department had to extricate her, according to a news release.

Emergency workers took Kinney to Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus in Gary for treatment of facial injuries.

The investigation showed she had a 0.26 percent blood-alcohol content, the news release said.

Other highway accidents included an SUV on its side on northbound Interstate 65, just south of Ridge Road; three vehicles strewn along the Borman Expressway near the Burr Street exit; and two vehicles in a T-bone accident on southbound Cline Avenue just north of the Borman.



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