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Slow moving INDOT pothole patching truck hit on Indiana 49

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A Chesterton motorist rear-ended an INDOT truck on Wednesday on Ind. 49, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 11:30 a.m. Stephanie Davidson, 33, was southbound in the left lane of Ind. 49, near 1100N, when a large vehicle in front of her abruptly swerved into the right lane. Davidson then noticed three INDOT trucks in the left lane directly in front of herÑa pothole-patching crewÑwith the last truck in the caravan equipped with an arrow board and an impact attenuator.

Davidson tried to go right but her 1997 Mercury Villager van hit the impact attenuator, police said.

The 2013 INDOT Freightliner dump truck, driven by Richard Lee, 58, of Michigan City, was not damaged, but the impact attenuator sustained $6,000 in damage and Davidson’s Mercury $5,000 in damage.

Neither Davidson nor Lee was injured, police said.

The ISP and INDOT urged motorists to slow down, be alert, and watch for patching crews, which are currently active throughout Northwest Indiana, after last week’s deep freeze and rapid thaw opened potholes all over the place.


Posted 1/16/2014