Troopers from the
Indiana State Police Toll Road Post responded to a crash in the eastbound
lanes of the Toll Road near the 19.6 mile marker on Tuesday at 12:25 p.m.,
Indiana State Police said.
investigation by Trooper Tim McCormick shows that a grey 2017 Honda minivan
driven by Amie Kielbasa-Szelinski, 36, of Munster, stopped for an unknown
reason in the right lane. A white 2016 Ford F-350 towing a 24-foot trailer
was traveling eastbound behind the Honda when it swerved to the left to
avoid the Honda. The driver of the Ford, Clinton Burroughs, 49, of Muskegon,
MI, was unable to avoid colliding with the rear of the Honda. Both vehicles
crossed the eastbound lanes and collided with the concrete center barrier
wall, police said.
police, Burroughs was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart for
complaints of pain. A front seat passenger in the Honda, Shannon Szelinski,
61 of Munster, was flown to University of Chicago with serious and
life-threatening injuries. Thirteen month-old Brody Szelinksi was also flown
to University of Chicago for observation. Kielbasa-Szelinski and three
year-old Thomas Szelinksi were both transported to North Lake Hospital with
Police said all
eastbound lanes were closed for approximately a half hour before the right
lane was opened. The left two lanes remained closed for crash reconstruction
and clean up until approximately 5 p.m. Alcohol is not believed to be a
factor in this crash.
This is an ongoing
investigation. The Indiana State Police were assisted by Gary Fire and EMS,
Lake Station EMS, and ITRCC Maintenance.