I-80/94 Opened, After Boat Closed Highway for 2 Hours

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December 11, 2013 — Indiana State Police say I-80/94 traffic resumed after diverting to off-ramps for two hours today to go around a crash that left a pontoon boat on the highway.

ISP says a driver going too fast for conditions lost control around 5:40 a.m. on I-80/94, causing a collision with three semi-trucks that closed all traffic east bound at Cline Avenue during morning rush hours.

State police says that a preliminary investigation by Trooper Brian Henderson shows that 22-year-old Desiree Hampton of Hammond was driving east bound in the left lane of I-80/94 when she lost control of her vehicle in an area receiving snow, with road surfaces snow covered and slick.  ISP says her car spun out, went off the road and hit a concrete median barrier wall before going back onto I-80/94 traffic to rest on the roadway.

ISP says a semi hauling five pontoon boats, owned by Premier Marine of Wyoming City, Minnesota, and driven by 65-yea-old Michael Loren of Minnesota, was east bound in the center lane.  When he saw Hampton’s car ahead, Loren hit his brakes to avoid the Buick and began to jack-knife.

State police say another semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Standard Forwarding LLC of Des Moines, Iowa , loaded with general freight, driven by 58-year-old Duria Love of South Bend, was east bound in the center lane and he, too, braked and swerved left, hitting the concrete barrier wall and was hit by Loren’s semi.

ISP says a third semi, pulling a box trailer owned by GLM Transport out of Berne, Indiana, loaded with anti-freeze, was driven by 52-year-old Larry Richwine of Portland, Indiana, whoe was also in the center lane when he also applied his brakes and was unable to avoid hitting both Loren’s and Love’s semis.

State police says one of the pontoon boats that Loren’s trailer was loaded with came off the trailer and landed on the east bound lanes of I-80/94, blocking snowy morning traffic.

State police report that all drivers were not injured and no load was lost that Love or Richwine were carrying.  Hampton was cited for Speeding too Fast for Conditions.

ISP advises that roads in the area are snow covered, slick and hazardous, and while passable, motorists must slow down, increase their following distance, avoid sudden lane changes and ensure everyone is buckled up.

Additional snow is expected throughout the morning and drivers should expect hazardous conditions.

For road and weather information please call 1-800-261-7623 or go to www.TrafficWise.IN.gov

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