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Driver cited in crash on snowy I-94; three semi rigs pile up, boat in the road

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A motorist traveling too fast on a snowy I-80/94 lost control of her vehicle this morning and caused a three-semi pile-up, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 5:40 a.m. Desiree Hampton, 22, of Hammond, was eastbound on I-80/94, in the area of Cline Ave., when she lost control of her 1993 Buick on the “snow-covered and slick” road surface. Police said that Hampton spun out, left the roadway, and hit the concrete median barrier wall, bouncing back into the travel lanes and coming to rest.

Trucker Michael Loren, 65 of Coon Rapids, Minn., seeing the Buick stopped in the roadway, swerved to avoid it and his semi loaded with five pontoon boats began to jackknife. Another trucker, Duria Love, 58, of South Bend, did the same, swerved left, hit the barrier wall, then was hit in turn by Loren’s semi. A third trucker, Larry Richwine, 52, of Portland, Ind., then hit both Loren’s rig and Love’s.

In the collision one of Loren’s pontoon boats came off the trailer and landed in the eastbound lanes of I-80/94, police said.

None of the drivers was injured and besides the pontoon boat there was no further load loss.

All eastbound lanes were closed, however, and traffic diverted onto Indianapolis Blvd. until 7:40 a.m. until the trucks and the boat were removed.

Hampton was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions.

Roadways within the Lowell District were snow covered, slick, and hazardous this morning, police said, and motorists were being urged to slow down, increase their following distance, avoid sudden lane changes, and ensure everyone is buckled up.

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Posted 12/11/2013