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Driver critically hurt on I-80 this morning

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A motorist was seriously injured early this morning in a two-vehicle accident on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 1:55 a.m. Andrea Taylor, 21, of Chicago Ridge, Ill., was westbound on I-80/94, just east of Cline Ave. Taylor was “going too fast for road conditions,” police said--described as snow-covered and slick in places--and lost control, spun out, left the roadway, and hit the inner barrier concrete wall.

Taylor’s 2000 Mercury Mountaineer then ricocheted back into the roadway and came to rest in the middle lane, where it was struck by a semi-tractor trailer driven by Michael W. Wilkins, 42, of Delton, Mich. Wilkins’ 2000 Freightliner left the roadway itself, hitting the inner shoulder concrete barrier wall and coming to rest in the left lane.

Taylor--who police said was not wearing a seatbelt--was ejected and came to rest in the left lane of the roadway. She was transported to Munster Community Hospital with critical life-threatening head injuries, then subsequently moved to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Wilkins was transported to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

All westbound lanes were closed with traffic moving on the outer shoulder until approximately 4:30 a.m., when all lanes were reopened.


Posted 12/9/2013