The driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala was killed and a passenger seriously injured early Saturday, May 31, 2014, on the Borman Expressway about a mile west of Grant Street in Gary, when the Impala ran into the back of a disabled water tanker. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: July 2, 2014 2:50PM
GARY — A Hammond man is dead and a Hobart woman was seriously injured after the car he was driving crashed into a disabled straight truck early Saturday on eastbound Interstate 80/94 near Grant Street.
The crash occurred about 4:40 a.m. Saturday when Midnight Blue Towing of Crown Point was securing a disabled truck carrying water on the outer shoulder. A second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado owned by the trucking company, was also on the shoulder, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.
Emergency triangles had been placed behind the pickup and the disabled straight-truck, which was loaded with a 300-gallon water tank. The truck originally broke down around midnight due to an electrical problem, police said. An employee from the trucking company arrived in the Silverado to attempt to fix the problem and tow truck was called when a repair could not be made.
The driver of the tow truck was outside of his vehicle hooking up the straight truck when a 2005 Chevrolet Impala traveling east on the interstate left the roadway for unknown reasons, drove over the emergency triangles, hit the pickup in the driver’s door and then went under the rear of the straight truck, according to police.
The driver of the Silverado was standing off the roadway near the tow truck. Neither he nor the tow truck driver were injured.
The driver of the Impala, Anthony Deon Easter Sr., 42, of the 4900 block of Beech Avenue in Hammond, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County coroner of massive blunt force trauma. The front seat passenger, Jennifer Hugger, 29, of Hobart, was extricated from the car. She was airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical in Oak Lawn, Ill., with serious injuries.