Man killed in one of many crashes caused by black ice in region

2013-10-23T10:30:00Z 2013-10-23T21:05:30Z Man killed in one of many crashes caused by black ice in regionTimes Staff
October 23, 2013 10:30 am  • 

A man was run over and killed by a car Wednesday morning after losing control of his moped on an icy Calumet Township road and landing in the street.

Carl E. Lundgren, 46, of Gary, was killed in the crash, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department. He died from blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at 7:27 a.m., according to the Lake County coroner's office.

According to Lake County police, at 5:57 a.m., police responded to the crash at W. Ridge Road and Broad Street. Lundgren was driving a moped and was heading west on Ridge Road from Colfax Street when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle.

A 2012 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Dennis McCarthy, 60, of Crown Point, was following behind the moped and hit Lundgren, who was in the roadway in the westbound lanes of traffic.

Police said Lundgren became lodged under the Chevrolet. He was wearing a helmet and was unresponsive when officers arrived. Crews had to remove Lundgren's shoe to check for a pulse, police said.

Griffith Fire Department crews raised the vehicle to free Lundgren and no signs of life were found by Prompt EMS personnel.

The accident was one of many police responded to in the region Wednesday morning caused by black ice.

Lake County police also responded to other crashes due to black ice near the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point and on Cline Avenue near East Chicago.

Dyer police said there were reports of black ice on the Calumet Avenue bridge overnight. Public works crews treated the bridge early Wednesday.

Schererville police reported a similar problem on the iron bridge on U.S. 41. Indiana Department of Transportation and town crews treated that roadway as well.

Illinois State Police responded to several crashes on Interstate 394 caused by black ice early Wednesday.

Police said most of the accidents involved slide-offs and spin-outs, with vehicles coming to rest in ditches, police said.

The black ice impacted both northbound and southbound lanes south of U.S. 30.

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