Driving Conditions Still Slick, Needing Slower Speed

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January 8, 2014 by Jerry Howard

Indiana State Police say two vehicles crossed interstate highway concrete barrier walls today, and both with the same cause.  It says they were going too fast for existing road conditions and lost control.

ISP says the first crash of the two involves a car that flipped over a retaining wall and onto its roof.

It says a preliminary investigation shows that 56-old Shelby Street of Portage was driving a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis at approximately 10:05 a.m. when she got off I-65 southbound onto the I-80 eastbound ramp at Lake Station.  ISP says that’s where she was merging onto I-80’s right lane when she lost control on icy roads.  It says the car went off the road to the right and flipped over a retaining wall, landing on its roof.

State Police say Street was wearing her seat belt, and she had to be extricated from her car  before she was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries.

ISP says a Porter County crash left another vehicle atop a barrier wall.

It says that the driver of a tractor-trailer going too fast for road conditions lost control on I-94 today and wrapped his semi around an informational sign structure that spans the interstate.

Its says a preliminary investigation shows that 56-year-old Marvin Cook of Flint, Michigan was driving a 2010 Freightliner truck pulling a box trailer at approximately 10:48 a.m. on westbound I-94 near the Burns Harbor/Porter exit.  ISP says as Cook drove the J.B. Hunt-owned truck at the 22 mile marker, he lost control of his semi.

ISP says Cook was in the center lane when traffic ahead had slowed and stopped for an earlier crash, so when Cook couldn’t slow down or stop and lost control of his semi, it jack-knifed to the left and hit the concrete barrier wall before jumping the wall with part of the trailer on top of the barrier wall wrapping around an informational sign that spans across I-94 eastbound.

It says that after hitting the structure, the hood of the tractor flew into the eastbound lanes and hit a 1998 Honda Accord driven by 23-year-old Megan Parde of Schofield, Wisconsin who was in the right lane.

ISP says neither Parde nor Cook were injured.

It says Cook was hauling 25,000 pounds of food to Meijer’s, with no load lost.  State Police say a supervisor from the Department of Transportation arrived at the scene and deemed the informational sign structure safe.

ISP says Cook was cited for Speed too Fast for Road Conditions and a log book violation, with roads at the time of the crash still icy and snow-packed in areas.

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