An Indiana State
Police trooper and a Lake County Sheriff’s Police deputy were involved in a
water rescue early Sunday morning, after a vehicle entered a ditch full of
water on I-80/94, the ISP said.
According to the
ISP, at 3:50 a.m. a Gary motorist was eastbound I-80/94, just west of the
Grant Street exit, when she was rear-ended by a second vehicle which then
fled the scene. The Gary motorist’s 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, however, spun
out, left the roadway, and rolled several times before coming to rest upside
down in a ditch with waist-deep water.
Responding to the
scene were ISP Trooper Williams Carlson and LCSP Deputy Ray Borchert, who on
assessing the situation immediately removed their duty belts and entered the
water, the ISP said. Carlson and Borchert determined that it would be unsafe
to attempt to roll the vehicle upright or to break its windows, as doing so
could compromise the air pocket which the motorist was using to breath.
firefighters arrived on the scene, joined the officers in the ditch, and
used the Jaws of Life to extricate the woman from her car, the ISP said. She
was then transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary for
treatment of crash injuries.
vehicle was not immediately located, the ISP added, but the investigation is