Cops: Driver partly to blame for wreck
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent June 26, 2013 8:42PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 7:48AM
VALPARAISO — A crash involving a car trapped under a semitrailer has been attributed both to Monday night’s storm and the car driver’s alleged failure to yield at an inoperative traffic light.
The Indiana State Police crash report identified the blue 1998 Lexus’s driver as Trung Nguyen, 40, of Valparaiso. His passengers were Dylan Nguyen, 15, of the same address, and Megan Hall, 15, of Westville. All three were trapped until a wrecker pulled the trailer off the car and fire personnel cut them from the wreckage. Each received incapacitating internal injuries and was transferred by helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, police said.
At the time of 9:28 p.m. crash, the traffic signals and streetlights were dark, from a power outage, at U.S. 6 and north Calumet Avenue, north of Valparaiso. Witnesses told police the westbound semitrailer entered the intersection first, and Nguyen did not slow down or stop for the intersection. The semi was halfway through when the Lexus struck and slid under the flatbed trailer.
The semi driver, Silas Williams, 49, of Ohio, who was not hurt, slammed on his brakes when he felt the impact but the truck, owned by Golden Hawk Transportation of Ohio, dragged the car 335 west of the intersection.
The car remained just in front of the rear axles, police said.