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.