A trucker may have
suffered a medical condition on Friday just prior to an accident on I-80/94
in LaPorte County, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 7:59 p.m. Gerard N. Normand, 57, of Oak Park, Ill., was westbound
in the left lane of I-80/94 when, three miles east of the U.S. Highway
421/Michigan City exit, he is believed to have suffered a medical condition,
causing him to sideswipe a second semi westbound in the right lane.
Freightliner then came to rest in a ditch, police said. Normand was
airlifted by Med-Flight to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with
life-threatening injuries, police said.
The driver of the
second semi, John W. Burton, 64, escaped injury, and his 2007 Volvo
sustained minor damage, police said.
The westbound lanes
were closed for approximately four hours, police said. The eastbound lanes
were closed for 30 minutes for the landing and take-off of the helicopter.