Chesterton Tribune



One injured in crash that caused downtown power outage

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One person was injured and part of the Downtown business district in Chesterton lost power yesterday following a two-vehicle crash that impacted a NIPSCO pole.

According to police, at 12:41 p.m. officers were dispatched to the intersection of Calumet Road and Indiana Avenue in response to a two-vehicle crash. Police report Peggy Nowicki, 43, of Liberty Township, was exiting the Flower Cart parking lot intending to continue west onto Indiana Avenue when she struck a vehicle southbound on Calumet. Police said Nowicki told them she thought she had cleared the intersection before attempting to cross.

Police said the impact of the crash pushed the second vehicle off the roadway where it impacted a Town of Chesterton street sign and the guiding wires to a NIPSCO pole at the southwest corner of Calumet and Indiana. The driver of the second vehicle, Joab Silverglade, 59, of Deerfield, Ill., complained of neck and back pain following the crash and was transported to St. Anthony’s by Chesterton EMS, according to police.

The damage to the guiding wires of the NIPSCO pole caused a brief power outage in the Downtown business district. The Chesterton Tribune office was on half power and had to delay printing due to the outage, which lasted approximately 45 minutes. NIPSCO’s online outage map yesterday showed two customers reported being impacted by the outage.

Police estimate damage to Silverglade’s 2012 Toyota Wagon, Nowicki’s 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the street sign, and the NIPSCO wires at up to $25,000.



Posted 3/12/2019




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