HAMMOND | A Country Club Hills, Ill., woman was killed early Monday when the car she was driving ran into the back of a semitrailer on Interstate 80/94.
Takara Mauldin, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of massive injuries by a deputy with the Lake County coroner's office. Indiana State Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m.
According to Indiana State Police, a witness said a 2005 Ford Taurus was eastbound near Indianapolis Boulevard at a high rate of speed and ran into the rear of a 2006 Volvo semitrailer.
The semi driver, Miroshaw Chrzascik, 40, of Elmwood Park, Ill., told police he was in the second lane when he felt a bump and thought he had blown a tire. When he looked in his side-view mirror, he saw a car had hit him and immediately pulled over, police said.
The semi was empty and was leased by JAS Trucking, of Alsip, Ill. Chrzascik was not injured.
Mauldin had to be extricated from the Taurus, which went underneath the semitrailer up to the rear tandem tires.
Senior Trooper Tom Quinn, of the commercial vehicle enforcement division for the Indiana Department of Transportation, along with Hammond Fire and Emergency Service departments assisted with the investigation.