A Gary man was
seriously injured in a crash Wednesday morning when his car went under a
semi on Interstate 80/94 in Lake County, Indiana State Police said.
police, at approximately 6:25 a.m. Archie E. Patterson IV, 23, was westbound
on I-80/94 in the left lane when he decided at the last minute to exit to
Burr Street in Gary. Patterson went from the left lane all the way to the
exit lane for Burr Street when he lost control of vehicle and hit a
construction barrel, police said.
Patterson then went
into the right lane, hitting the rear of a semiís trailer at a 45 degree
angle and was dragged approximately 290 feet before coming to rest, police
International semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Cardinal Logistics
Management out of Saint Charles, Illinois, and driven by Kevin A. Cederoth,
25 of Dickson, Tenn., was westbound on I-80/94. Cederoth saw Pattersonís
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier go in front of him, police said, then a few seconds
later the Cavalier hit his trailer.
Patterson had to be
extricated from the Cavalier by the Gary Fire Department, police said. He
was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with serious internal
injuries and was later flown to Loyola University Medical Center in
Cederoth nor his
passenger were injured, police said, and no load was loss. The right lane
was closed until approximately 7:43 a.m. for investigation of the crash,
removal of the injured and vehicles, police said.
Assisting at the
scene were Hoosier Helpers, Gary Fire and EMS, and ABC Towing.