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ISP Trooper injured when squad car struck

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A trooper was injured on Friday, Christmas Day, when his squad car was rear-ended on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 8:14 a.m. Trooper Davonne Barlow, a nine-year veteran of the ISP, was acting as “secondary unit” at the scene of an accident, in the westbound lanes of I-80/94 on the overpass at Indianapolis Blvd.--sitting in his squad car with his seatbelt fastened--when his vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV.

The driver of the SUV, Willie J. Whithead, 30, of Green Bay, Wis., lost control of his vehicle and struck Barlow’s 2013 Dodge Charger, causing the squad car to hit the median wall, then cross all lanes of I-80/94 before coming to rest on the right shoulder, police said.

Both Barlow and Whithead were transported to Munster Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. I-80/94 was closed for two hours.

Barlow has since been treated and released from hospital and is recovering at home with his family, police said.


Posted 12/28/2020




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