A Hammond man died
on Saturday in a three-vehicle accident on I-80/94 in Lake County, the
Indiana State Police said.
The victim was
identified as Anthony Easter Sr., 42.
police, at 4:40 a.m. Easter was eastbound on I-80/94 when, approximately one
mile west of Grant Street, he left the roadway and struck two vehicles
parked on the outer shoulder: a mechanicís pickup truck and a disabled
Police said that
emergency triangles had been placed to the rear of both trucks, but that
Easter drove over them, hit the pickup in the driverís door, then went under
the rear of the straight truck.
pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma, police said. His
passenger, Jennifer Hugger, 29, of Hobart, had to be extricated from
Easterís 2005 Chevrolet Impala and was airlifted from the scene to Christ
Medical in Oak Lawn, Ill., police said.
All eastbound and
westbound lanes of I-80/94 were closed for a short time for the landing and
take-off of the air ambulance. The right and center lanes of eastbound
I-80/94 were closed until 9 a.m.