A trucker died
Thursday after rear-ending another semi on I-65 in Lake County, in an
accident which ultimately involved four vehicles, the Indiana State Police
The victim was
identified as Thomas Shanahan, 38, of Crest Hill, Ill., police said.
police, at 9:30 p.m. Shanahan, pulling a box trailer, was southbound on I-65
when, just south of the U.S. Highway 30 exit, he rear-ended a second semi,
driven by Carlos Salgado, 30, of Chicago.
Shanahan’s rig swerved off the roadway and into a ditch, causing the trailer
to separate from the tractor, which overturned, police said. Shanahan,
trapped in the tractor, had to be extricated by the Merrillville Fire
Department and was subsequently transported to Methodist Hospital Southlake
Campus in Merrillville, where he died of his injuries, police said.
Salgado’s rig, pushed from behind, struck the rear of a 2003 Ford F-250
driven by James Hemphill, 42, of Demotte, police said, while Hemphill’s
vehicle, in turn, struck the rear of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Randy
Cramer, 55, of Northlake, Ill.
Salgado and Cramer
escaped injury, police said, but Hemphill was transported to Franciscan
Health Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries.
caught fire after impact but the blaze was contained to the rear trailer,
lanes were closed and traffic was being detoured onto U.S. 30.