Two troopers just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a
LaPorte man on Monday, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 3:10 p.m. Charles W. Morgan, 68, of LaPorte and his
wife were eastbound on I-94, at the 19.1 mile marker just east of the
Portage exit, when Morgan began to feel ill. Police said that Morgan was in
the left lane when he veered to the left and began to slow down. Morganís
2012 Ford Fusion went off the road and hit the concrete median barrier wall
twice before Morganís wife was able to lean over and press on the brake
pedal to stop the car, police said.
Tim Mark of Trail Creek, Ind., saw the Fusion hit the barrier wall and
pulled over to help, realized that Morgan was in distress, and removed him
from the vehicle, police said.
Master Trooper David Eggers, assigned to the ISP Commercial Vehicle
Enforcement Division, and Master Trooper Tom Mechling, assigned to the
Bremen District, were in the area escorting a superload windmill blade when
they heard the dispatch. Eggers and Mechling recognized Morgan to be in
distress and began to perform CPR until Portage EMS arrived and took over
Morgan was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where he is in critical
condition, police said.