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Trooper and Lake County deputy in water rescue

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An Indiana State Police trooper and a Lake County Sheriff’s Police deputy were involved in a water rescue early Sunday morning, after a vehicle entered a ditch full of water on I-80/94, the ISP said.

According to the ISP, at 3:50 a.m. a Gary motorist was eastbound I-80/94, just west of the Grant Street exit, when she was rear-ended by a second vehicle which then fled the scene. The Gary motorist’s 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, however, spun out, left the roadway, and rolled several times before coming to rest upside down in a ditch with waist-deep water.

Responding to the scene were ISP Trooper Williams Carlson and LCSP Deputy Ray Borchert, who on assessing the situation immediately removed their duty belts and entered the water, the ISP said. Carlson and Borchert determined that it would be unsafe to attempt to roll the vehicle upright or to break its windows, as doing so could compromise the air pocket which the motorist was using to breath.

Meanwhile, Gary firefighters arrived on the scene, joined the officers in the ditch, and used the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from her car, the ISP said. She was then transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary for treatment of crash injuries.

The hit-and-run vehicle was not immediately located, the ISP added, but the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

Posted 11/27/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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