No one appears to have been seriously injured in a four-vehicle
chain-reaction crash on I-94 on Friday which left two of the vehicles
The Indiana State Police responded to the crash but never released a report
All three Tri-Town fire departments were at the scene, however, and they
reported only one person transported to hospital, for treatment of a minor
The crash occurred around 11:41 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-94, just
east of the Waverly Road overpass, after a Buick SUV stopped for traffic and
was rear-ended. At the rear of the line was a Jeep-type vehicle and in
between the two were a minivan and a pickup, both of which burned, Porter
Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today. The minivan
was already fully involved on the PFD’s arrival, while the pickup had only
just begun to burn, he said.
The PFD used 750 gallons of water on the minivan and the CFD around 160
gallons on the pickup.
No extrication was necessary. “Everyone got out of the vehicles,” CFD Capt.
Rudy Jimenez said.
The Burns Harbor Fire Department, responding with its ambulance, took three
refusals at the scene, Chief Bill Arney added, while CFD’s ambulance
transported one person to the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian
Boundary Road. Jimenez said that that injury did not appear serious.
Firefighters cleared the scene around 12:15 p.m.
Jimenez was unable to say what exactly caused two of the vehicles to go up
in flames, although he did note that any one of several things could have
happened. A fuel line might have broken, for instance, which back in the
day, before fuel injection, would not necessarily have been serious. But
vehicles today are equipped with electric fuel pumps which can continue to
pump even after the motor stops.
Vehicle fires are also commonly caused by malfunctions in the electric
systems or by oil leaks in the engine, Jimenez said.