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No one seriously injured in Friday's fiery crash on I-94

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Accident on I-94 today: As the Chesterton Tribune was about to go to press Aug. 2 a reader emailed this photo of a fiery accident in the westbound lanes of I-94 near the Waverly Road overpass. The photo was taken at 11:44 a.m. An updated news item about the event is below.                (Photo Provided)


No one seriously injured in Fridays fiery crash on I94

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 burning fiercely.

The Indiana State Police responded to the crash but never released a report on it.

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 injury.

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 PFDs 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 CFDs 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.


Posted 8/2/2013

Updated 8/5/2013