Three persons were injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on I-94 near
Burns Harbor, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 1:10 p.m. Hannah E. Nelson, 16, of Grand Rapids,
Mich., was eastbound in the left lane of I-94, at the 23 mile marker just
east of Burns Harbor, when, approaching a lane closure, she attempted “to
force her way into the middle lane.”
Nelson then realized that a semi was in that lane and so swerved back into
the left lane to avoid it but struck a construction barrel, crossed the
closed left lane, went off onto the inner shoulder, and hit the concrete
median barrier wall, ricocheting and coming to rest in the closed left lane.
Nelson was transported to Porter Regional Hospital with non-life threatening
injuries, as were Elizabeth Nelson, 22, and Linda Nelson, 54. A third
passenger, Roger Nelson, 52, refused treatment at the scene, police said.
All four were wearing seatbelts.
Police estimated damage to Nelson’s vehicle at $15,000.
“The lane closure in the construction zone was well marked with signs
forewarning east bound traffic of the need to merge over,” police said.
The ISP is reminding motorists traveling in a construction zone with lane
closures to obey traffic signs and merge over when it is safe to do so.
“Waiting to merge until the ‘last’ minute could lead to adverse conditions
especially during high traffic volumes,” police said. “More importantly,
traffic/construction signs are out there for a reason-PLEASE pay attention
to them and help us keep you and others out of harm’s way.”