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CFD extricates woman from vehicle in I-94 crash

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A Michigan woman was seriously injured on Thursday in a two-vehicle accident on I-94 near Chesterton, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 2 p.m. Gregory W. Swanson, 57, of Livonia, Mich., was eastbound on I-94 when, approximately a mile east of Ind. 49, the U-Haul trailer he was pulling began to jackknife. The trailer was then struck by a second vehicle, causing Swanson to lose control of his pickup truck and strike a guardrail. The pickup continued over the guardrail, overturning and trapping Swanson’s passenger, Charlene M. Swanson, also of Livonia.

Chesterton firefighters extricated Charlene Swanson from the pickup--she was pinned between the dashboard and passenger’s side door, CFD Capt. Rudy Jimenez said--and then transported her by ambulance to the nearby truck scales, where the Burns Harbor Fire Department had prepared a helicopter landing zone.

Charlene Swanson was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with injuries to her lower extremities, Jimenez said.

The driver of the second vehicle, Carlos Salgado, 26, of Robbins, Ill., escaped injury.



Posted 9/29/2017




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