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