This morning at approximately 10:40 a.m., a driver lost control of his vehicle while exiting I-65 onto U.S. 30 resulting in several vehicles sustaining substantial damage. Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Brian White revealed that a blue 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Juan Marquez, 86, of Portage, IN, was exiting southbound I-65 to westbound U.S. 30 when he lost control of his vehicle. Marquez told troopers at the scene that his brakes had failed. This resulted in his vehicle striking a gray 2011 Acura, and then a gray 2017 Dodge Ram. The Ram then rolled over onto a gray 2002 Hyundai Accent . The Hyundai then struck a purple 2017 Dodge Challenger. The original vehicle (Chevrolet Equinox) continued across both the east and west bound lanes of U.S. 30 where it rolled over in the south ditch. No serious injuries were sustained by any of the drivers or passengers. All of the vehicles were towed from the scene by Samson’s Towing.
The I-65 southbound ramp and U.S. 30 remained open during the investigation. Assisting at the scene were Troopers Lionel Douglas and Trooper Duane Haliburton as well as the Merrillville Police Department.