An Indiana State Police trooper and semi driver were injured when a semi lost control and jack-knifed into the trooper’s police car. Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty showed Monday night, Trooper Zachary Huston was on the outer shoulder covering a single vehicle crash on I-80/94 west bound at the 12.6 mile marker (this is near the exit ramps for I-65) when his police car was hit. Huston, age 25, had all his emergency lights activated on his fully marked Dodge Charger police car when a Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, loaded with empty auto racks, and driven by 55 year old Sukdib Dhesi, of Brampton, Ontario, who was west bound in the middle lane lost control, began to jack-knife and hit the police car. This caused the police car to hit a Mazda, driven by 24 year old Michael Durkin, of Chesterton that was on the outer shoulder in front of the police car facing east bound from an earlier single vehicle crash. The police car came to rest facing east bound on the shoulder. Huston was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Dhesi was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary and was later transferred to University of Chicago with serious injuries. Durkin was not injured and was cited for expired license plates. Dhesi was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement. The Indiana State Police would like to remind the motoring public to slow down, give extra room to the cars in front of you, take extra time to get where you’re going, and use caution when driving. They also stated, just because it doesn’t look icy/slick doesn’t mean it isn’t. From Monday at 4pm till 9am Tuesday the Indiana State Police Lowell District covered 7 assist motorists, 7 slide offs, 52 property damage crashes, and 17 personal injury crashes.
November 14th, 2018|Local News|