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One airlifted after semi rear ends car on 49

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A motorist was seriously injured Wednesday night after being rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Ind. 49 at the intersection 1100N, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting.

The CFD responded to the scene at 10:37 p.m. and while still en route requested a medivac helicopter be dispatched to the landing pad at Northwest Hospital (formerly Porter Regional Hospital).

On their arrival, firefighters found the driver of the car trapped inside and immediately began extrication procedures, removing the roof and both doors, then using an Amkus spreader to lift the dashboard. The extrication took 10 minutes to complete, after which the patient was backboarded and transported to Northwest Hospital.

Meanwhile, firefighters ran short of oil dry to contain the approximately 20 gallons of gasoline which leaked from the passenger vehicle and were forced to request a re-supply from the Porter FD, the CFD said. “Vapors were bad, so a charged hose line was deployed just in case the vapors ignited,” the CFD added. Total amount of oil dry used at the scene: five bags, 200 pounds.

While the CFD attended to the fuel spill and provided a light tower to assist police with their investigation, the Porter FD stood by to cover calls in Chesterton.

The CFD was at the scene for more than an hour, clearing at 12:48 a.m.

As of deadline today, the Chesterton Police Department had not completed its report on the crash.


Posted 11/19/2020







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