A trucker was
seriously injured and airlifted from I-94 in Chesterton after rear-ending
another semi on Thursday, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 7:40 a.m. Nathan P. Samples, 47, of Madrid, Iowa, was eastbound
on I-94 when, near the Ind. 49 interchange, he rear-ended a semi-tractor
trailer “partially in the far right lane and partially on the right
jackknifed and several of the steel rolls he was hauling broke free and
“smashed through the cab of (his) Peterbilt,” police said.
Samples was trapped
inside the tractor and had to be extricated by Chesterton firefighters. “He
was pretty entangled,” Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the
Chesterton Tribune today. “We had to cut the thing apart.”
extrication, Samples was airlifted from the scene and flown to the
University of Chicago Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police
said. Williams said that the helicopter landed in the eastbound lanes of
I-94 between the two trucks and the Ind. 49 overpass.
diverted onto U.S. Highway 20 in Burns Harbor for several hours for scene
investigation, cleanup, and removal of all vehicles and cargo.
The CFD cleared the
scene at 9:15 a.m.