1 killed, several injured in area wrecks

2013-12-09T10:38:00Z 2013-12-10T00:11:14Z 1 killed, several injured in area wrecksTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 09, 2013 10:38 am  • 

One person was killed and another was seriously injured after a busy night of police responding to multiple wrecks blamed on snowy, slick pavement.

The light snow was blamed for a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 65 in Jasper County and a Monday morning wreck on the Borman Expressway in which a driver was ejected and hospitalized with critical head injuries.

Indiana State Police responded just before 2 a.m. to a crash on westbound Interstate 80/94 just east of Cline Avenue.

Police said Andrea Taylor, 21, of Chicago Ridge, was driving a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer too fast for conditions and lost control. The vehicle spun out, went off the road and hit a concrete wall, causing it to bounce back and come to rest in the middle lane.

A 2000 Freightliner struck the Mountaineer, police said. The Freightliner  hit a concrete barrier wall and came to rest in the left lane.

Taylor was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest in the left lane of traffic. She was transported to The Community Hospital in Munster with critical injuries before being transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Information about Taylor's condition was not available Monday night. 

The driver the Freightliner, a Michigan man, was transported to The Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary.

Indiana State Police responded to another wreck around 5:15 p.m. Sunday on southbound I-65 south of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit the claimed the life of an Avon, Ind. woman.

Ashley Rogers, 28, of Avon, driving a Jeep southbound on I-65 at the 225 1/2 mile marker about 4 miles south of the DeMotte/Roselawn exit when she lost control of the vehicle, police said.

A Gary woman driving a 2003 Ford was driving south over the hill and saw the Jeep spinning. The driver swerved to the left to avoid the Jeep but was hit on the front right side of the Ford.

The Gary woman was not injured.

A 2007 Kenworth semi driven by a Wisconsin woman followed the Ford over the hill and saw the Jeep in the right lane. The semi driver could not avoid hitting the Jeep and went off the interstate, into a ditch and into the fence line about 50 feet off the road.

Rogers was found lying on the inside shoulder next to the concrete barrier wall. Police do not know if she was ejected from the Jeep or hit while she was outside of the vehicle.

She later died at Jasper County Hospital.

The snowy conditions are expected to continue throughout the week. According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of accumulating snow Tuesday into Wednesday. Winds chills are expected to dip below zero degrees Wednesday night. 

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