firefighters--backed up by the Chesterton Fire Departmentís
ambulance--responded to a serious accident on Wednesday at the intersection
of Ind. 149 and U.S. Highway 12.
The crash occurred
at 7:43 a.m., Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney told the Chesterton
Tribune today, when a semi northbound on Ind. 149 failed to stop for the
stop sign at U.S. 12 and T-boned a passenger vehicle eastbound on U.S. 12.
The impact pushed
the passenger vehicle through the intersection, leaving it heavily damaged
and the driver--a local man on his way to work at the mill--trapped inside,
Arney said. Firefighters were forced to extricate the driver, who was then
transported, by the CFDís ambulance, to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus
Arney said that the
man sustained several injuries and was later transferred to a Chicago area
The BHFD cleared
the scene at 8:45 a.m.
crash was, in fact, one of six calls in Burns Harbor yesterday requiring an
advanced life support (ALS) response, Arney noted. On five of those calls
the CFD sent its ambulance to the scene, on the sixth the Portage FD did.
Burns Harbor has
been without organic ALS capability since July 16, after the Town Council
opted out of its contract with Superior Ambulance, which had previously
announced its intention to begin charging the town a monthly fee of $25,000
and exclusive rights to the first $150,000 recouped from annual calls.
Superior had been providing ALS service in Burns Harbor at no expense to the
town but cited, as the reason for the new proposed monthly fee, high
operational costs and low call volume.
Arney told the
Tribune today that he hopes the situation is resolved quickly.