One person was
injured and part of the Downtown business district in Chesterton lost power
yesterday following a two-vehicle crash that impacted a NIPSCO pole.
police, at 12:41 p.m. officers were dispatched to the intersection of
Calumet Road and Indiana Avenue in response to a two-vehicle crash. Police
report Peggy Nowicki, 43, of Liberty Township, was exiting the Flower Cart
parking lot intending to continue west onto Indiana Avenue when she struck a
vehicle southbound on Calumet. Police said Nowicki told them she thought she
had cleared the intersection before attempting to cross.
Police said the
impact of the crash pushed the second vehicle off the roadway where it
impacted a Town of Chesterton street sign and the guiding wires to a NIPSCO
pole at the southwest corner of Calumet and Indiana. The driver of the
second vehicle, Joab Silverglade, 59, of Deerfield, Ill., complained of neck
and back pain following the crash and was transported to St. Anthony’s by
Chesterton EMS, according to police.
The damage to the
guiding wires of the NIPSCO pole caused a brief power outage in the Downtown
business district. The Chesterton Tribune office was on half power
and had to delay printing due to the outage, which lasted approximately 45
minutes. NIPSCO’s online outage map yesterday showed two customers reported
being impacted by the outage.
damage to Silverglade’s 2012 Toyota Wagon, Nowicki’s 2017 Chrysler Pacifica,
the street sign, and the NIPSCO wires at up to $25,000.