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
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.
For road and weather information please call (800) 261-7623 or go to