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Semitrailer strikes fire truck on I-94

Updated: January 22, 2013 11:15PM



A fire truck was hit Tuesday while at a crash scene in LaPorte County.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, Daniel Schoene, 51, of St. Joseph, Mich., was westbound on Interstate-94 just west of the LaPorte/Michigan City exit in the middle lane when he lost control of his 1996 Ford conversion van on “black ice” at about noon. The van hit a guard rail, spun around and struck the guard rail three additional times.

Schoene was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Diann Cotter, 50 of Benton Harbor, Mich., a passenger in the van, was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City for complaint of severe pain. The van sustained approximately $8,000 in damage.

Coolspring Volunteer Fire responded to the scene to assist with removing Schoene and Cotter from the van and was partially blocking the right lane, police said. A semitrailer driven by Stanislaw Stachon, 52, of Harwood Heights, Ill., lost control and jack-knifed as he approached the crash scene. The trailer’s right rear struck the center left side of the parked fire truck.

Wesley Rogers, 22, of Michigan City, was in the fire truck’s driver’s seat when it was hit, but was not injured. Police said the fire truck sustained approximately $2,000 in damage.



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