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ISP: Driver fFails to merge in time, ends up under semi trailer

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A Hobart motorist was injured Tuesday after colliding with a semi-tractor trailer on I-80 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 1:35 p.m. William M. Hutchins, 56, was attempting to merge onto eastbound I-80 from the I-65/Central Ave. on-ramp when he failed to merge before the lane ended. Police said that Hutchins’ 2006 Toyota sideswiped the semi, then went beneath the rig’s trailer.

Hutchins was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the semi, Guadalupe Gonzalez, 41, of Chicago, was not injured. Gonzalez was carrying 44,005 pounds of assorts soft drinks and en route to South Bend from Northlake, Ill. There was no load loss.



Posted 9/26/2012