On January 12th, 2018 at approximately 10:17am Michigan City Police officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Springland Ave. This was in reference to a personal injury automobile accident with entrapment. Upon their arrival officers located a heavily damaged vehicle resting on its roof along the south shoulder of the roadway. Although several bystanders attempted to gain entry into the damaged vehicle to assist the female occupant, the vehicle was so severely damaged that entry could not be made until members of the Michigan City Fire Department arrived with extrication equipment. The female occupant was then freed from the vehicle at which point she was immediately transported to St. Anthony Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
A preliminary investigation led by Lt. Jeff Loniewski, revealed that 34year old Michigan City resident Amanda Trampski was traveling eastbound on Springland Avenue in her 1993 Chevy Malibu when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow and slush covered pavement. As the vehicle proceeded to slide off the south shoulder of the roadway it eventually collided with a NIPSCO utility pole, causing the vehicle to flip over onto its roof. The collision caused the utility pole to break at which point the overhead electric lines were also damaged. NIPSCO crews were summoned to the scene at which time it was estimated that repairs could take up to 6 hours.
Officers believe that speed and road conditions were both contributing factors in this collision.