lanes of Ind. 49 north of Indian Boundary Road were closed during rush-hour
on Tuesday, following a four-vehicle chain-reaction accident, the Chesterton
Fire Department is reporting.
Capt. Rudy Jimenez
told the Chesterton Tribune today that the CFD responded to the crash
at 3:24 p.m., after the driver of one pickup truck rear-ended a second
pickup truck. The impact of the collision forced the second into the rear of
a third pickup, and the third into the rear of fourth pickup.
The driver of the
second pickup had to be extricated from his vehicle and both that driver and
the driver of the third were transported to hospital, Jimenez said.
By the time
firefighters had arrived on the scene, traffic had already backed up to the
I-94 interchange, Jimenez noted. To facilitate their response, all
southbound lanes of Ind. 49 north of Indian Boundary Road were closed and
Porter Police were diverting motorists off Ind. 49 onto East Oak Hill Road.
It was necessary to
close the southbound lanes, Jimenez said, not only to make the scene safer
for firefighters to work but to clear space for multiple response vehicles.
Ambulances dispatched to the crash actually approached the scene from Indian
Boundary Road northbound in the southbound lanes.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 4:05 p.m.
At deadline today
the Chesterton Police Department had not released its report on the