For immediate release: Jul 31, 2010 12:00:00 EST
Posted by: [ISP]
Contact: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: (219) 696-6242 OR (800) 552-8917

Crash Snarls I-80 Traffic

Lake County-Troopers were kept busy with a three vehicle crash that snarled I-80 eastbound traffic mid morning today.

At approximately 9:52 am, Master Trooper Lionel Douglas responded to a three vehicle crash on I-80 east bound just east of Calumet Avenue.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe was east in the right lane when it began to slow down in traffic.  A 2005 Dodge Durango who was also in the right lane was then hit in the rear by a 1999 Freightliner semi-box trailer.  This pushed the Durango off to the right (south) and the Freightliner semi lost control, jack-knifed around the Durango, hit the Tahoe, then the tractor (front) portion of the semi went through the sound barrier wall located just off the outer shoulder.  The Durango ended up underneath the Freightliner's trailer.

Vehicles and drivers:

  1. 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe (damage was approximately $6,500).

Ø  Lori Carlson, 33, of Tinley park, Illinois.  She was taken to Saint Margaret's Hospital in Hammond with a facial injury.  She was wearing her seat belt.  Her fourteen (14) month old child was properly restrained in a child restraint seat and was not injured.

  1. 2005 Dodge Durango (completely totaled)

Ø  Nancy Dotson, 48 of Chicago, Illinois.  She was taken to Munster Community Hospital with complaint of pain.  She was wearing her seat belt.

Ø  Front seat passenger (husband)-Chanel Dotson, 42.  Taken to Munster Community Hospital with pain to his left side.  He was wearing his seat belt.

Ø  Middle row behind driver (son)-Jaynan Harper, 13.  Taken to Munster Community with pain to his pelvic area. He was wearing his seat belt.

Ø  Middle row behind front passenger (daughter) - Chyna Dotson, 6.  Taken to Munster Community with back and pelvic pain.  She was wearing a seat belt.

Ø  Third row behind passenger (son)-Chanel Dotson Junior, 14.  Taken to Munster Community with ankle and a minor head injury.  He was wearing a seat belt.

  1. 1999 Freightliner semi-box trailer owned by Contractor Service Company out of Cullen, Alabama.  Semi Tractor was a total loss.

Ø  Steven Burney, 51 of Hanceville, Alabama.  He was taken to Saint Margaret's Hospital in Hammond with major facial injuries.

Some of the east bound lanes were closed off and on for reconstruction of the crash, clean-up of the crash site, removal of the injured and vehicles.

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