A Morton Grove, Ill., man fell asleep at the wheel on I-65 in Lake County on
Sunday, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 3:20 p.m. Chester Tanaka, 54, was northbound on I-65
when he fell asleep at the 239 mile marker, one mile south of Lowell exit.
Tanaka’s Honda left the road to the right and when he awoke he was in the
gravel off the outer shoulder, police said. Tanaka overcorrected to the
left, then back to right and off the road, where the Honda rolled twice
before coming to rest facing west in a corn field approximately 50 feet east
of I-65, police said.
Tanaka was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was
transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with non-life
threatening injuries and was listed in serious condition there, police said.
Tanaka’s wife and front-seat passenger, Cynthia Tanaka, 51, and their son,
Kevin, 14, a back-seat passenger, were also transported to Saint Anthony’s
Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said.
The Honda was a total loss.
All three were wearing seat belts and side air bags deployed, police added.