Chain reaction crash involving four semis sends woman to hospital

2012-09-12T11:59:00Z 2012-09-12T13:12:12Z Chain reaction crash involving four semis sends woman to hospitalBy Times Staff
September 12, 2012 11:59 am  • 

HAMMOND | Semitrailer drivers following too closely on the Borman Expressway sparked a chain-reaction crash that ended with damage to four semis and one pick-up truck, police said.

The crash sent the Hammond woman driving the pick-up truck to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

According to Indiana State Police, officers were called just after 7 a.m. to the westbound lanes of the expressway just east of Indianapolis Boulevard. Police said a Wisconsin man driving a 2007 Freightliner was traveling in the left middle lane of the four lane expressway when traffic in front of him began slowing down.

The semi behind him slowed down as well and was hit from behind by a semi hauling a UPS double box trailer driven by Glenn Dantuma, 58, of Wisconsin.

A 2003 Peterbilt semi hauling food products was traveling behind the UPS truck and tried to move to the left lane to avoid hitting it, police said. The driver of that truck, 32-year-old Paul Javins, of Georgia, hit the back of one of the trailers and a 2000 GMC pick-up truck.

The impact pinned the pick-up truck against the concrete median wall. Police said the pick-up driver, a 29-year-old Hammond woman, was transported to Community Hospital in Munster with non-life threatening injuries. Her truck was totaled in the accident.

Police said Dantuma and Javins were cited for following too closely.

The crash forced the closure of the three left lanes of traffic for nearly three hours during the busy morning rush.

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