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ISP Five hospitalized in Toll Road crash

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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.

Preliminary 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.

According to 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 non-life-threatening injuries.

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.


Posted 7/6/2018




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