A wrong-way driver caused a serious crash on the Indiana Toll Road, near the 3.8 mile marker eastbound, early Thursday morning. The preliminary investigation indicated that around 4:48 a.m. a Dodge passenger car was travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 3.8. A Honda SUV driven by 43 year old Juan Salazar of Chicago was travelling eastbound in the far left lane when the Dodge collided head-on with the Honda, blocking all eastbound lanes. Salazar was transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Hammond, IN with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Honda, 52 year old Rosa Martinez, of Chicago, was also transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge was transported to a hospital in Gary and then transferred to University of Chicago Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge has not yet been positively identified. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. Eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road were shut down for approximately five hours for removal of the vehicles and reconstruction of the crash.
February 8th, 2019|Local News|