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Semi hits auto at 12 and 49 in Burns Harbor

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Burns Harbor 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 in Gary.

Arney said that the man sustained several injuries and was later transferred to a Chicago area hospital.

The BHFD cleared the scene at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday morningís 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.



Posted 8/30/2018




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