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Seven hurt in five vehicle chain reaction crash on I-80

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Seven persons were injured Saturday in a five-vehicle chain-reaction accident on I-80 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

None of the injuries was life threatening.

According to police, at 7 p.m. trucker Kevin W. Frayer, 41, of Newport, Mich., was westbound on I-80, at the 9.1 mile marker just east of Grant Street., when he rear ended a 2009 Hyundai which was slowing or stopping for traffic. The impact of the collision drove the Hyundai into the rear of a 2010 Toyota, the 2010 Toyota into the rear of the 2007 Toyota, and the 2007 Toyota into the rear of a 2009 Toyota.

The driver of the Hyundai was Goldie D. Rister, 73, of Huntley, Ill. The driver of the 2010 Toyota, Denise A. Piorkowski, 54, of Highland. The driver of the 2007 Toyota, Debora J. Guerrero, 22, of Chicago. The driver of the 2009 Toyota, Anthony A. Navarrete, 27, of Chicago.

Frayer—who was not injured—was issued citations for following too closely and a log-book violation, police said.

Transported to Methodist Hospital in Gary were Rister and her passenger, Clara Rister, 69, also of Huntley; Piorkowski; Guerrero and her passenger, Martha Rueda, 53, of Chicago; Navarrete and his passenger, an 8-year-old boy.

All injured persons were wearing seat belts, police said.

The westbound lanes of I-80 were closed for 90 minutes, police said.



Posted 8/6/2012