Storm contributes to crash leaving 3 injured
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent June 25, 2013 11:58PM
Utility poles in Munster broken by Monday evening's storm. About 28,000 Northern Indiana Public Service Co. customers were without power as of noon Tuesday. | Photo provided
Updated: July 27, 2013 6:31AM
Monday night’s storm was a factor in a collision in which a car was stuck under a semitrailer at about 9:30 p.m. at U.S. 6 and north Calumet Avenue north of Valparaiso.
The three people in the car, whose names have not been released, were airlifted to Illinois hospitals, where their conditions were unknown Tuesday.
A power outage left the busy intersection without a working traffic signal. According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, the westbound semi and the northbound car, of an unknown model, entered the intersection at about the same time, and the car struck the trailer. The semi dragged the car approximately 300 feet west along U.S. 6.
Sheriff’s officer Brian Dziedzinski found the car pinned under the trailer and crawled under the wreckage to check on the occupants — a middle-age man, a teenage male and a teenage female — who all were alive. They could not be removed, however, until a wrecker was brought to lift off the trailer, and then Liberty Township firefighters cut the passengers out of the car’s wreckage.
Police said the younger male, the front-seat passenger, may be the driver’s son, and the female, who was in the back seat, may possibly be the younger male’s girlfriend. All three are Northwest Indiana residents, police said, while the semi driver is from out of state.
Breath tests conducted on both drivers showed no indications of alcohol. Blood test results are pending.
Police, including an accident reconstructionist, continue to investigate the crash.