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ISP: One dead in 3 vehicle crash on I-94 in Lake County

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A motorist died on Sunday in a three-vehicle accident on I-80/94, one of three crashes which occurred in a back-up caused by an initial accident at the 2.2 mile marker, the Indiana State Police said.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification, police said.

According to police, at 2:48 a.m. Shenay Neal, 44, of Crown Point, was eastbound on I-80/94, traveling in the far left lane “at a high rate of speed,” when Neal’s 2013 Toyota Highlander rear-ended a 1995 Lincoln.

The Lincoln spun into the left lane where it burst into flames. “Attempts were made to remove the driver of the Lincoln,” police said. “However, they were unsuccessful due to the fire. The driver of the Lincoln was declared deceased at the scene.”

Meanwhile, Neal’s Highlander continued straight and rear-ended a third vehicle, a semi-tractor trailer being operated by Lance A. Forbus, 32, of Dallas, Texas, police said. Neal and Forbus were both transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

“Upon completion, a copy of the investigation will be forwarded to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for review,” police said.

Investigators were still at the scene of the fatal accident when a seven-vehicle crash occurred in the traffic backup at the 0.7 mile marker. A third crash involving a passenger vehicle and a semi subsequently occurred at the 0.1mile marker as well, police said.

The initial crash which caused the backup led to the arrest of Anthony Van Norris, 35, of Merrillville, on a charge of operating while intoxicated, police said. Van Norris crashed his 2019 Chevrolet Camaro at the 2.2 mile marker, which resulted in the blockage of two lanes, police said.


Posted 2/3/2020




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