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Four semi crash on I80 snarls Wednesday commute

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A multiple semi crash snarled morning rush-hour traffic on I-80 in Lake County on Wednesday, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 7:02 a.m. trucker Glenn D. Dantuma, 58, of Hartford, Wis., was westbound on I-80, just east of Indianapolis Blvd., when he rear-ended a second semi slowing for traffic. The impact of the collision drove the second semi into the rear of a third, police said.

Meanwhile, trucker Paul Javins, 32, of Lithonia, Ga., traveling behind Dantuma, tried unsuccessfully to swerve into the left lane. He struck one of Dantuma’s double trailers and a GMC pickup, pinning the latter against the concrete median wall.

The driver of the second semi was Darrin Parker, 43, of Wilson, N.C. The driver of the third semi was Michael W. Hathaway, 48, of Osseo, Wis. The driver of the GMC pickup was Sarah Bunting, 29, of Hammond.

Bunting was transported to Munster Community Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. Her pickup was totaled.

Dantuma and Javins were both cited for following too closely, police said.

There was no load loss but all three lanes of westbound traffic were closed until 10:07 a.m.


Posted 9/13/2012