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ISP: Nine hurt when driver falls asleep on I-94

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Two adults and seven children were injured Sunday when the driver of their vehicle fell asleep behind the wheel on I-94 in LaPorte County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 3 a.m. Blair Beathea, 31, of South Bend, was eastbound on I-94, around 2.5 miles east of the Michigan City exit, when she fell asleep. Police said that her 2007 Dodge Nitro left the roadway, traveled down an embankment, hit a tree, and came to rest on its roof in a water-filled drainage ditch culvert.

Beathea was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with leg and respiratory issues; police said; front-seat passenger Alisa Bolden, 23, of Chicago--also asleep--was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City with head and facial trauma.

Also injured, police said: a 3-year-old girl with injuries to forehead and hand transported to Franciscan; a 1-year-old boy initially taken to Franciscan and later transported to Comer’s Children in Chicago with non-life threatening injuries; a 8-year old girl with complaint of pain; twin 5-year-old boys, one with a dislocated shoulder and head trauma and the other with abrasions and complaint of pain, both transported to Franciscan; and twin 3-month-old girls with non-life threatening injuries initially taken to Franciscan and later transported to Comer’s.

“There were only two car seats and one booster seat in the SUV,” police said.




Posted 4/30/2018




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