A trucker was seriously injured early this morning in an accident on I-80 in
Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 2:49 a.m. an off-duty ISP trooper stopped a
suspected drunk driver on the outer shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-80
east of Cline Ave., parking her unmarked squad car—its emergency lights
activated—“behind” the suspected drunk driver’s vehicle but “partially in
the right lane.”
Meanwhile, Michael O. Amede, 53, of Country Club Hills, Ill., was eastbound
in the right lane when he “almost hit the (parked) police car,” just before
shifting left into the middle right lane, where his rig was then rear ended
by a second trucker, police said.
The second trucker—identified as Dennis C. Schulze, 50, of Beloit, Wis.—was
pinned inside his cab “for an extended period of time” before being
extricated and airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.,
Schulze’s injuries were described as “life threatening,” police said.
All eastbound lanes were closed until approximately 7:15 a.m., when the
inner shoulder and left lane were re-opened. As of 10:22 a.m., all eastbound
lanes had been re-opened.
The suspected drunk driver, Ronald Blankenship, 21, of Gary, was transported
to Lake County Jail on a charge of operating while intoxicated-refusal,